The Premonition: A Pandemic Story (Paperback)Michael Lewis (author)
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In characteristically riveting prose, the author of The Big Short tells the eye-opening, shocking story of the group of maverick scientists who foretold the coronavirus pandemic.
‘It’s a foreboding,’ she said. ‘A knowing that something is looming around the corner. Like how when the seasons change you can smell Fall in the air right before the leaves change and the wind turns cold.’
In January 2020, as people started dying from a new virus in Wuhan, China, few really understood the magnitude of what was happening. Except, that is, a small group of scientific misfits who in their different ways had been obsessed all their lives with how viruses spread and replicated – and with why the governments and the institutions that were supposed to look after us, kept making the same mistakes time and again.
This group saw what nobody else did. A pandemic was coming. We weren’t prepared.
The Premonition is the extraordinary story of a group who anticipated, traced and hunted the coronavirus; who understood the need to think differently, to learn from history,
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 236 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm
'[Reading The Premonition] we see a disturbing common trait emerging in our country and others: the unwillingness to prioritise people's lives over ideas and ingrained structures.' - Kazuo Ishiguro, The Observer Books of the Year 2021
'When the stories of our times are told, there will be no more seminal documents than the books of Michael Lewis.' - The Guardian
'It is hard to think of a writer who has had more success than Michael Lewis at turning forbiddingly complex situations into propulsive nonfiction narratives ... Without his ever having to spell it out, Lewis's message comes across very powerfully: the US government, in its institutional dysfunction, is in danger of abandoning its citizens to a private sector that is even less equipped to deal with large-scale disasters such as Covid.' - Mark O'Connell, The Guardian
'He is so good everyone else may as well pack up.' - The Evening Standard
'Michael Lewis is one of the premier chroniclers of our age.' - Huffington Post
'Superb ... It is tremendous fun, tremendously told. There is a lot to take from it - about the inertia of the US civil service, about the "malignant obedience" of middle managers, about how people fearful of the pandemic were treated with the "wary indulgence of the sane in the presence of the fanatic" ... Among those truths, in a familiar lesson for much of the world this year, is the danger of hubris.' - Tom Whipple - The Times
'A gripping story ... This is a book about some brave, curious people who tried hard to swim against the tide. As always in a Lewis book they are brought vividly alive ... Lewis is a master of his form.' - Christina Patterson, The Sunday Times
'A fluid intellectual thriller ... As always with Lewis, the book is full of fascinating facts and personal angles.' - Steven Poole, The Daily Telegraph Books of the Year 2021
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