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Spillover

the powerful, prescient book that predicted the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

David Quammen

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Vintage
15 August 2013
A gripping, timely book about the transmission of deadly viruses from animal to human populations, and how we can fight the current Covid-19 pandemic Read this gripping, timely book about the transmission of deadly viruses from animal to human populations, and how we can fight the current Covid-19 pandemic.

WITH A NEW AFTERWORD ON CORONAVIRUS As globalization spreads and as we destroy the ancient ecosystems, we encounter strange and dangerous infections that originate in animals but that can be transmitted to humans. Diseases that were contained are being set free and the results are potentially catastrophic.

In a journey that takes him from southern China to the Congo, from Bangladesh to Australia, David Quammen tracks these infections to their source, and asks what we can do to prevent some new pandemic spreading across the face of the earth.

As we continue to feel the global impact of Covid-19, discover the book that predicted this viral disaster and the science that could stop the next one in its tracks.

'A tremendous book...this gives you all you need to know and all you should know' Sunday Times 'Chilling... A brilliant, devastating book' Daily Mail 'A frightening and fascinating masterpiece of science reporting that reads like a detective story' Walter Isaacson
By:   David Quammen
Imprint:   Vintage
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 37mm
Weight:   405g
ISBN:   9780099522850
ISBN 10:   0099522853
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   15 August 2013
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

David Quammen is a recipient of the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the author of five acclaimed natural history titles. His most recent book, The Song of the Dodo, won the BP Natural World Book Prize in 1996. He lives in Montana.

Reviews for Spillover: the powerful, prescient book that predicted the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Mr Quammen is not just among our best science writers but among our best writers, period...that he hasn't won a non-fiction National Book Award or Pulitzer Prize is an embarrassment... Quammen is a patient explainer and a winning observer, he has a novelistic flair for describing his fellow humans... Quammen, combining physical and intellectual adventure, wraps his canny explorations into powerful moral witness -- Dwight Garner * New York Times * A tremendous book...this gives you all you need to know and all you should know. Quammen's research and the analysis make sensationalism unnecessary -- Bryan Appleyard * Sunday Times * Quammen has a wide range of knowledge, an agile pen, and a generous heart -- James Gorman * New York Times Book Review * A frightening and fascinating masterpiece of science reporting that reads like a detective story -- Walter Isaacson Quammen's book is compelling and shows that there are many candidates out there vying to be the next pandemic -- Euan Lawson * British Journal of General Practice *


  • Short-listed for National Book Critics Circle Non-Fiction Award 2013 (United States)
  • Shortlisted for National Book Critics Circle Awards: Nonfiction 2013.
  • Winner of Society of Biology Book Awards: General Biology Book 2013.
  • Winner of Society of Biology Book of the Year 2013 (UK)

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