Edinburgh International Book Festival
Sun 27 Aug 2023
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Ed book fest

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Simon Schama: The Health of Nations image

With over 50 BBC documentaries to his name, Simon Schama is one of Britain’s best-known historians. Now he’s looking at how we respond to plagues and pandemics. In Foreign Bodies, Schama recounts gripping stories of smallpox in London, cholera in Paris, and plague in India threaded together by the story of the man who developed the first mass-produced vaccine. This is a history of how humans have – so far – avoided extinction. In conversation with Allan Little.