The Good Virus

Tom Ireland


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Hodder & Stoughton
27 June 2024
ISBN: 9781529365283
400 pages

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The story of how "good viruses" can play a crucial role in our lives, our health and the health of our planet.

New York Times editor's choice 2023
The Times best books of 2023
Waterstones best science books 2023

'The book that might change the world ... This is luxury-class science writing'

'One of the best books of any genre that I've read in 2023, this superbly-written book ... will fascinate absolutely everyone'

'A delight. To learn more about phages is to discover fascinating details about a hidden world'


The viruses that do us harm are vastly outnumbered by viruses that can actually save lives. These good viruses are called 'phages', and they are the most abundant life form on Earth.

The Good Virus reveals how these weird and wonderful microbes shape our health, support our ecosystems and could be the future of medicine.