How To Survive A Plague

David France


How to Survive a Plague is a social and scientific history of AIDS.

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ISBN: 9781509839407 Category:

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Weight 0.446 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 13.4 × 4.1 cm






xiv, 624 , 16 unnumbered of plates




Main Market Ed.


362.19697920097471 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K


Winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction
Winner of The Green Carnation Prize for LGBTQ literature

Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT non-fiction
Shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize 2017

How to Survive a Plague by David France is the riveting, powerful and profoundly moving story of the AIDS epidemic and the grass-roots movement of activists, many of them facing their own life-or-death struggles, who grabbed the reins of scientific research to help develop the drugs that turned HIV from a mostly fatal infection to a manageable disease. Around the globe, the 15.8 million people taking anti-AIDS drugs today are alive thanks to their efforts.

Not since the publication of Randy Shilts’s now classic And the Band Played On in 1987 has a book sought to measure the AIDS plague in such brutally human, intimate, and soaring terms.

Weaving together the stories of dozens of individuals, this is an insider’s account of a pivotal moment in our history and one that changed the way that medical science is practised worldwide.

‘This superbly written chronicle will stand as a towering work in its field’ – Sunday Times

‘Inspiring, uplifting and necessary reading’ – Steve Silberman author of Neurotribes, Financial Times


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