win prizes
Search our site
Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner Read the opening extract of the brand new Susie Steiner book before its publication on 05/04/2018

Sex, Drugs & Rock n Roll The Science of Hedonism and the Hedonism of Science by Zoe Cormier

Sex, Drugs & Rock n Roll The Science of Hedonism and the Hedonism of Science

The Real World   Popular Science   

Lovereading view...

Exuberantly curious and shamelessly exuberant, Guerilla Science's Zoe Cormier reinvents popular science for a new generation by breaking all the rules. Let's rock.

Win Julie Summers' sensational SIGNED first editions

Julie Summers is an award-winning author and one of Britain’s foremost social historians. js

We are celebrating the release of Julie's latest book: Our Uninvited Guests: The Secret Lives of Britain’s Country Houses 1939-45 with a giveaway.

Julie Summers is offering signed first editions of three of her twelve books. The titles up for grabs alongside her latest book are Jambusters: The Women's Institue in the Second World War, which inspired the hit ITV Drama series HOME FIRES and Fashion on the Ration: Style in the Second World War.

Our Uninvited Guests gives the reader a behind-the-scenes glimpse of life in some of Britain's greatest country houses that were occupied by people who would never otherwise have set foot in such opulent surroundings.

To have a chance of winning this fantastic prize, click the button below. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once.

The draw closes on 20 April 2018. The winner will be notified by 4 May 2018,

Good luck!

Enter prize draw Draw closes: 20/04/2018


Sex, Drugs & Rock n Roll The Science of Hedonism and the Hedonism of Science by Zoe Cormier

How can wordless collections of sounds send shivers down our spines and tickle ancient parts of our brains we share with reptiles? How did a chemist's quest to create a drug to ease the pain of childbirth result in the creation of LSD? Why do goats partake in oral sex, and how can a horse (or even a table) make us weak in the knees? And how on earth could the revered 'father of anatomy' not know where the clitoris was?

From tortoiseshell condoms to superstar athletes on hallucinogens, these burning questions are explored and dissected, mixed with insights from some of the world's bravest, cleverest and downright weirdest scientist experimenting on the edge - and themselves. It's a sharp shocker, an eye opener, asking the big questions about what it means to be human, about consciousness and happiness. It'll pull you in and gross out.


'Not your average science book ... The book buzzes with facts, like bees dizzy from caffeinated pollen. It is a cornucopia of the strange and fascinating.' -- Max Wallis Independent

'In three discrete sections, [Cormier] examines sex, narcotics and music from a scientist's perspective, with surprising rigour and a keen eye for the odd fact ... in the end, Cormier brings all her strands together with some skill and an almost childlike sense of wonder. Ian Dury was right. Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n Roll is very good indeed.' Daily Mail

About the Author

Zoe Cormier is a freelance journalist, science writer and photographer with a background in biology. Zoe is also a founder of communications for UK science outreach organisation Guerilla Science and lives in London.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

30th November 1999


Zoe Cormier

More books by Zoe Cormier
Author 'Like for Like'





The Real World
Popular Science



The best new books on the market, reviewed honestly, to give your readers the best choices.

Julie Cook

A well laid out site, I love the fact that is separates paranormal fiction from fantasy and horror, which other sites don't.

Jen Rainbow

I love reading books I wouldn't normally choose before everyone else gets to read them!

Dawn Lynch

Lovereading does a stella job in promoting both new and established authors.

Iris Clements

Their sending me my first book to review 18 months ago re-awakened my fondness for reading, since then I have purchased some real gems.

Barry Griffiths

It's the first site that I visit when deciding on the next set of books to buy. A particular treat is being able to download an extract.

Tessa Olson

I love Lovereading because of its ability to connect people that love books & unite them in a friendly, stimulating & interesting community.

Megan Olwen William

Lovereading is a wonderful way to expand my literary horizons, discover inspiring authors & get the chance to read new novels first. #loveit

Zarina de Ruiter