OCTOBER 2020 - HAS BEEN A TOP 7 BOOK BEST-SELLER AT AMAZON!
"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
WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY STANLEY JOHNSON
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.