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A gripping, timely book about the transmission of deadly viruses from animal to human populations, and how we can tackle a global pandemic.

As globalization spreads and as we destroy the ancient ecosystems, we encounter strange and dangerous infections that originate in animals but that can be transmitted to humans. Diseases that were contained are being set free and the results are potentially catastrophic.

In a journey that takes him from southern China to the Congo, from Bangladesh to Australia, David Quammen tracks these infections to their source, and asks what we can do to prevent some new pandemic spreading across the face of the earth.

As cases of Coronavirus grow across the globe, discover the book that predicted this viral disaster and the science that could stop the next one in its tracks.

‘A tremendous book…this gives you all you need to know and all you should know’ Sunday Times


‘Chilling… [A] brilliant, devastating book’ Daily Mail

(C) David Quammen 2012 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

Critics Review

  • A frightening and fascinating masterpiece of science reporting that reads like a detective story

    Walter Isaacson
  • It may have been eight years since David Quammen’s Spillover was first published, but its prescience is spookily topical this plague year

    New Statesman
  • Travelling deep into the rainforest with the scientists hoping to identify the next pandemic pathogen, Quammen’s book is plotted like a detective thriller

    Guardian
  • Quammen’s book is compelling and shows that there are many candidates out there vying to be the next pandemic

    British Journal of General Practice
  • Quammen has a wide range of knowledge, an agile pen, and a generous heart

    New York Times Book Review

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