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The Hurricane (2016)
R.J. Prescott

A British novel in which a shy math student, damaged by her past, begins an unlikely romance with a powerful boxer. "Hurricane" O'Connell is handsome, muscular, and dangerous, but also happens to be madly in love with a woman who just wants to "keep her head down" and earn a degree in "applied maths at UCL". IMHO, his character is clearly designed to be the fantasy of many potential readers of this romance novel. However, visitors to this Website may be more interested in Emily McCarthy, who says:

(quoted from The Hurricane)

I'd breezed an access course in accounting over the summer, but my heart was in the maths. It was clean and pure and in my world of grey, it was black and white. If I had any chance at building a future then I needed qualifications.

She also says things like:

(quoted from The Hurricane)

I didn't have the words to tell him that I felt the same. If only maths was a language, you could speak, I'd be a poet.

"I love you, O'Connell," I told him.

"I love you, too, baby."

This book is really not quite my cup of tea, but there are many people out there who seem to really think it is fabulous. If you are one of them, please help me out by clicking here to enter your votes on the mathematical content and literary quality of the book, and please write something that I can post here to provide more information about the book to other site visitors. (Thanks!)

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According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
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  5. Imaginary Numbers by Seanan McGuire
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  7. Midnight Diner (Episode: Omelette Rice) by Joji Matsuoka (Director) / Marina Oshima (Screenplay)
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MotifAnti-social Mathematicians, Female Mathematicians, Romance,

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Exciting News: The 1,600th entry was recently added to this database of mathematical fiction! Also, for those of you interested in non-fictional math books let me (shamelessly) plug the recent release of the second edition of my soliton theory textbook.

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