"A deadly pandemic, a randy epidemiologist and an idiotic US president are all ingredients in Stanley Johnson's fast-paced thriller that turns out to have been 40 years ahead of its time” - Patrick Kidd, The Times
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OUT JUNE 8th, 2020
WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY STANLEY JOHNSON
The Black Spring Eyewear Press Group has signed a book deal with Jonathan Lloyd at the Curtis Brown Agency to publish the UK edition of Stanley Johnson’s The Virus - paperback and eBook. On his collaboration with Black Spring Johnson says, ‘I am absolutely delighted that this dynamic independent press is publishing my thriller The Virus.’
Initially published in 1982 as The Marburg Virus, Johnson’s The Virus reveals uncanny parallels with the current corona virus: the outbreak of a mysterious and deadly disease, the origins of which are traced to a medical student infected by a green monkey. It features an epidemiologist as its hero and a desperate search for a vaccine…
In the afterword to his re-released The Virus Johnson, 79, says, ‘Will the fight again COVID-19 be as successful as my fictional hero was in fighting the Marburg Virus?...Thinking back to my own book, and its eventual happy ending, I can’t help feeling that Governments around the world, our own included, need to be ruthlessly focussed on the search for an antidote or a vaccine. Without in any way diminishing the importance of precautionary measures of containment or mitigation, mass immunization would surely prove a crucial factor in stopping the spread of COVID-19 or in preventing further outbreaks, e.g. the “second wave” we are hearing about’.
Praise for The Virus: ‘There are some novelists who, by instinct or study, perfectly understand the indispensable components of a thriller. Stanley Johnson is one of them. The Virus contains exactly the right ingredients of suspense, violence and sex; all of them against well-chosen, exotic backdrops.’
Stephen Glover, the Daily Telegraph
About the author: Stanley Johnson, outspoken environmentalist, and former MEP, is the author of 25 books, including 12 non-fiction works on environmental topics, two volumes of memoir and 10 novels. He is a household name in Britain, and the father of Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the UK.