In this episode we’re tackling the coronavirus information overload by comparing three books on pandemics past and present: Outbreaks and Epidemics by Meera Senthilingam, Adam Kucharski’s The Rules of Contagion, and The Pandemic Century by Mark Honigsbaum (the only one written well before the current pandemic hit).

Find out what we thought about each of these titles, what readers might get out of them, and hear from Outbreaks and Epidemics author Meera Senthilingam about what it was like to write about pandemics while being in the middle of one.

You can also read Monserrat’s full review of The Rules of Contagion here.

Next month, we’ll return to our favourite science – chemistry – with Half Lives: The Unlikely History of Radium by writer and historian Lucy Jane Santos.

If you, dear listener (or viewer), would like us to do more book comparisons, or know of a title you would like us to discuss in an upcoming book club, let us know in the comments below or tweet at us @ChemistryWorld.