Wednesday 7th October

Book2book Home Book Trade News Trade Announcements Bestseller Lists About

Plague Fiction – Why Authors Love To Write About Pandemics

Posted at 7:42AM Friday 01 Aug 2014

Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam trilogy, Dan Brown's Inferno, Louise Welsh's Plague Times trilogy, Terry Hayes's bestselling thriller I Am Pilgrim, the TV series Utopia – stories about pandemics (whether already raging or in danger of being unleashed) are currently rife, drawing on past outbreaks but also seeming to uncannily anticipate fears of the ebola virus. While such fictions can often be formulaic or trashily sensationalist, the theme of infectious diseases has long attracted illustrious authors ...


Get book trade news by email

Daily book trade headlines and breaking publishing news by email - just £3 a month. Click on the Subscribe button below to sign up now

Find out more

Search the news archive:

More Feature Items

Explode Format & Promote Discoverability

The digital revolution invaded the research space earlier and more quickly than other areas of publishing

Unravelling The Turkish Book Market For Foreigners

The Turkish book market offers great opportunities for foreign publishers, but you have to go into it with open eyes

Ebooks change the game for both backlist and export

There are two aspects of the business that ebooks should really change

5 Observations On The Evolution Of Author Business Models

the business of authorship as publishing becomes increasingly digital-driven

Account Sign-In

Most Popular Stories

  1. How To Leave Your Agent
  2. Amazon Is About To Announce A Deal That Should Terrify Microsoft
  3. Literary Agency's Future Uncertain After Founder's Death
  4. Nobel Prize For Literature To Be Awarded On Thursday
  5. Iran Threatens Frankfurt Book Fair Boycott Over Rushdie Speech
  6. Feminists Sneak Into Cheltenham Bookshops To Leave 'Gender Busting' Bookmarks In Children's Stories
  7. Giller Prize Announces Highly Anticipated Shortlist
  8. Gender-Swapped Twilight: Stephenie Meyer Mixes Things Up In New Beau And Edythe Novel
  9. Grace Jones Is Having The Wildest Book Tour Ever
  10. Is An Amy Schumer Essay Collection Worth $10 Million?