Posted on 04/08/2020 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

No one, including this author, would have wished a worldwide epidemic on the world for any reason.

But Peter May, a former journalist and BBC screenwriter, has had a silver lining thrust upon him.

May’s novel Lockdown, written in 2005, imagined a worldwide disease outbreak with London at its epicenter; publishers rejected it, calling it “extremely unrealistic and unreasonable.”

He dug the novel back out recently after a fan of his other works suggested he write something about the coronavirus outbreak.

This time, May said, a publisher called the book “brilliant” and declared that it needed to be published now.

According to the Kashmir Observer, Lockdown is only available as an ebook for UK Kindle users; print release dates are showing as April 30 for the UK but August 18 for the US (no ebook version as of yet).

Categories: Today in Books

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