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  • Published: 4 May 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241512470
  • Imprint: Allen Lane
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $49.99

The Premonition

A Pandemic Story



From the global bestselling author of The Big Short, the gripping story of the maverick scientists who hunted down Covid-19

'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, to question everything; and to do all of this fast, in order to act, to save lives, communities, society itself. It's a story about the workings of the human mind; about the failures and triumphs of human judgement and imagination. It's the story of how we got to now.

  • Published: 4 May 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241512470
  • Imprint: Allen Lane
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $49.99

About the author

Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis was born in New Orleans and educated at Princeton University and the London School of Economics. He has written several books including the New York Times bestsellers Liar's Poker, widely considered the book that defined Wall Street during the 1980s, and The Big Short, 'probably the single best piece of financial journalism ever written' (Reuters). Lewis is contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and also writes for Vanity Fair and Portfolio Magazine.

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Praise for The Premonition

When the stories of our times are told, there will be no more seminal documents than the books of Michael Lewis.

Guardian

Michael Lewis is one of the premier chroniclers of our age.

Huffington Post

He is so good everyone else may as well pack up.

Evening Standard

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

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, Daily Telegraph

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