Her first job was as a technical writer for IBM, but she quickly moved into journalism. She worked for the Science News department of the New York Times, as well as countless magazines of scientific and general interest.
Longitude started life as a magazine article. Its extraordinary - and unexpected - success has allowed Sobel to write books and plays full-time. Published in 1995, the book has been translated into more than 20 languages and made into a film starring Michael Gambon and Jeremy Irons. Not bad for a manuscript that was rejected by 13 British publishers.
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