The Plus advent calendar door #16: The irrational diary of Clara Valentine

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Behind today's door we line up some holiday reading by co-hosting a fascinating episode of the Isaac Newton Institute's Living Proof podcast. In the episode Dan Aspel spoke to Coralie Colmez, author of the young adult novel The irrational diary of Clara Valentine, recently chosen as one of Chalkdust magazine's books of the year. Coralie’s ambition was to write a story rich in both mathematics and mystery, with the Chalkdust review highlighting that "the explanations of the solutions to these puzzles are blended into the story expertly". In this interview, Coralie explains further about the books origins, its intentions and what comes next.

Find out more about Coralie's writing, download a free PDF of the book, and find links to other online sellers here.

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This podcast is part of our collaboration with the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences (INI) – you can find all the content from our collaboration here. The INI is an international research centre and our neighbour here on the University of Cambridge's maths campus. It attracts leading mathematical scientists from all over the world, and is open to all. Visit www.newton.ac.uk to find out more.

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