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The End of October

Lawrence Wright

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Bantam
28 April 2020
Fiction & Literature; Thriller & suspense
In this riveting thriller, Dr Henry Parsons, an unlikely but appealing hero, races to find the origins and cure of a mysterious new killer virus as it brings the world to its knees.

At an internment camp in Indonesia, 47 people are pronounced dead with acute hemorrhagic fever. When Dr Henry Parsons - microbiologist and epidemiologist - travels there on behalf of the World Health Organisation to investigate, what he finds will soon have staggering repercussions across the globe. An infected man is on his way to join millions of worshippers in the annual Hajj to Mecca.

As international tensions rise and governments enforce unprecedented measures, Parsons finds himself in a race against time to track the source of the fever and find a cure before it's too late...


"Eerily prescient. Too bad our leaders lacked his foresight." The New York Times

"Featuring accounts of past plagues and pandemics, descriptions of pathogens and how they work, and dark notes about global warming, The End of October produces deep shudders... A disturbing, eerily-timed novel." Kirkus Reviews

"A compelling read, right up to the last sentence. Wright has come up with a story worthy of Michael Crichton. In an eerily calm, matter-of-fact way, and backed by meticulous research, he imagines what the world would actually be like in the grip of a devastating new virus." Richard Preston, author of The Hot Zone

"This timely literary page-turner shows Wright is on a par with the best writers in the genre." Publishers Weekly
By:   Lawrence Wright
Imprint:   Bantam
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781787634213
ISBN 10:   1787634213
Publication Date:   28 April 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for The End of October

This timely literary page-turner shows Wright is on a par with the best writers in the genre. * Publishers Weekly * A compelling read up to the last sentence. Wright has come up with a story worthy of Michael Crichton. In an eerily calm, matter-of-fact way, and backed by meticulous research, he imagines what the world would actually be like in the grip of a devastating new virus. * Richard Preston, author of THE HOT ZONE * Featuring accounts of past plagues and pandemics, descriptions of pathogens and how they work, and dark notes about global warming, the book produces deep shudders . . . A disturbing, eerily timed novel. * Kirkus Reviews * Eerily prescient. Too bad our leaders lack his foresight. * The New York Times * An eerily prescient novel about a devastating virus that begins in Asia before going global . . . A page-turner that has the earmarks of an instant bestseller. * New York Post *


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