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Lockdown: the crime thriller that predicted a world in quarantine by [Peter May]
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A note from the author

There was a time around fifteen years ago when I could not find a publisher for anything I wrote. One book was set in a London, which was at the epicentre of a global pandemic. It was a city in total lockdown. A virus was claiming thousands of lives. The scenario I described wasn’t drawn from my imagination. It was based on detailed pandemic planning done by both the British and the Americans in the early 2000s.

The literary establishment was highly sceptical. It was unrealistic. A lockdown could never happen in modern day Britain. No-one would publish it.⁣

I had forgotten about my book. It wasn’t until a reader suggested that I write a thriller set against the backdrop of a Coronavirus lockdown that I realised that I had already done just that. Suddenly what I had written in 2005 was no longer ‘OTT’. It was actually happening.⁣

When I originally wrote Lockdown no-one could identify with it. Now everyone can. It is our common experience. And isn’t that what writers are meant to do – describe and explore the human condition, the world we experience as a human race? – Peter May, March 2020.

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About the Author

Peter May was born and raised in Scotland. He was an award-winning journalist at the age of twenty-one and a published novelist at twenty-six. When his first book was adapted as a major drama series for the BCC, he quit journalism and during the high-octane fifteen years that followed, became one of Scotland's most successful television dramatists. He created three prime-time drama series, presided over two of the highest-rated serials in his homeland as script editor and producer, and worked on more than 1,000 episodes of ratings-topping drama before deciding to leave television to return to his first love, writing novels.

He has won several literature awards in France, received the USA's Barry Award for The Blackhouse, the first in his internationally bestselling Lewis Trilogy; and in 2014 was awarded the ITV Specsavers Crime Thriller Book Club Best Read of the Year award for Entry Island. Peter now lives in South-West France with his wife, writer Janice Hally. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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"One heck of a thriller...feels more immediate than most and certainly deserved to make its way into the world."
BOLO Books

"What would a crime thriller set in the middle of a devastating pandemic look like? May provides a grim but plausible answer in this superior effort."
Publishers Weekly

"[Lockdown] is a trip to London with the Grim Reaper as your tour guide...it is unpleasant, harrowing, repulsive and worth every moment spent on it."
King's River Life Magazine --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN : B086WNRJMT
  • Publisher : Quercus Publishing (April 1, 2020)
  • Publication date : April 1, 2020
  • Language : English
  • File size : 1602 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 306 pages
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 4,105 ratings

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Penny Booth
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are of a nervous disposition or the UK lockdown for real is getting to you....
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 13, 2020
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2.0 out of 5 stars Started well ended badly
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 25, 2020
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St. Francis of Assisi
1.0 out of 5 stars This story should have stayed in lockdown!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 12, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book .
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 10, 2020
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Janice Staines
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder in a city under lockdown due to a flu pandemic
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 27, 2020
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