Thursday, 5 March 2020


Bad Bugs Book Club: March

Manchester Museum

Our next meeting will take place on Thursday, March 5th at the Manchester Museum, on the eve of National Science Week. To complement their exhibition 'beauty and the beast', highlighting the wonder of the insect world, we will be focusing on yellow fever. It is also World Book Day, and the Microbiology Society are going to promote the book-club as part of their year-long 75th-anniversary events, launching the project on this day.

The main book we will discuss is Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson. This is a book for young adults, so will be an easy read. If you want to be more challenged, we will also be discussing Arthur Mervyn: or memories of the year 1793 by Charles Brockden Brown (written in 1799). Both books describe the Philadelphia yellow fever epidemic. (For interesting and accessible background information on the same outbreak, look at An American Plague: the true and terrifying story of the yellow fever epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy - also a young adult publication. An American Plague: the untold story of yellow fever, the epidemic that shaped our history by Molly Caldwell Crosby, is a more general non-fiction output).

The meeting will take place at 6.30 - 8.00, but the exhibition can be viewed earlier - come from 6.00.