The Plague Race

The Plague Race : A Tale of Fear, Science and Heroism

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An inspiring story of scientific endeavour and human bravery, The Plague Race is the story of one brave scientist who made an amazing discovery made in Hong Kong 100 years ago -- during an outbreak of the plague that threatened to decimate the island and, from there, the world. A tense and frightening race was run in appalling conditions by two rival scientists: Alexandre Yersin - rigorous, solitary, cerebral - and the suave Kitasako, unscrupulous, enigmatic, careless. Spiced with anecdotes, facts and chilling reconstructions, this book is an enthralling work of narrative history. And Marriott's investigations into plague in the modern world bring some disturbing facts to light . . . 'Beautifully written . . . Marriott's discourse encompasses empire, science and discovery as well as prejudice . . . The Plague Race is part history, part thesis, part thriller. As an investigation, it is all-entrancing' Observershow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 130 x 192 x 18mm | 181.44g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • PICADOR
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0330483196
  • 9780330483193

About Edward Marriott

Edward Marriott was shortlisted for the 1996 Thomas Cook Award and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for his first book, The Lost Tribe. His second, Wild Shore, was published to critical acclaim. He lives in London with his wife and son.show more

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'Beautifully written... Marriott's discourse encompasses empire, science and discovery as well as prejudice... The Plague Race is part history, part thesis, part thriller. As an investigation, it is all-entrancing' Observershow more

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