Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World

Thu 17 Sep

Thursday, 17 September 2020

4.30pm - 5.30pm

In Conversation | Online Only

Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World

As the world contends with the Covid-19 crisis, acclaimed author and science journalist Laura Spinney reminds us that this is by no means the first global pandemic. Drawing on research from her latest book, she examines the Spanish Flu of 1918, a catastrophe that changed humanity in the wake of the First World War.

This event has finished, but you can watch it again online at any time until Sunday, 11 October 2020.

Price: FREE
Laura Spinney


The 20th century's greatest killer was not Hitler or Stalin but a common virus, spread as a deadly strain through an unprotected and unsuspecting world.

Laura Spinney explores the history of the Spanish Flu, one of the greatest human disasters of all time, making use of the latest scientific research and oral histories from across the world. Her work brings to light the huge global impact, highlighting some of the lesser-known regions affected by the virus.

As with the current pandemic, the Spanish Flu exposed humanity’s vulnerabilities, while also motivating human ingenuity.

Laura Spinney is a science journalist and author. She has published two novels and one collection of oral histories in English, and her writing on science has appeared in publications such as National Geographic, Nature, The Economist, and The Telegraph.

A copy of Laura Spinney's book Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World can be purchased as part of a book and ticket offer for this event. Alternatively, copies will be available for purchase via a link on the virtual event page on the day of the event.

Date & time

Thursday, 17 September 2020
4.30pm - 5.30pm


Online Only


Online: FREE

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