• "With superb investigative skill and a delightfully light-hearted writing style, Spinney extends her analysis far beyond the relatively short duration of the plague... I’ve seldom had so much fun reading about people dying."

    The Times
  • "Weaves together global history and medical science to great effect ... Riveting."

    Sunday Times
  • "Both a saga of tragedies and a detective story... Pale Rider is not just an excavation but a reimagining of the past."

  • "Vividly recreated, grimly fascinating… Coolly, crisply and with a consistently sharp eye for the telling anecdote, Spinney ... demonstrates how the Spanish flu cast a long shadow over the 20th century."

    Daily Mail
  • "Magisterial."