Bad Bugs Book Club

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The aim of the Bad Bugs Book Club is to get people interested in science, specifically microbiology, by reading books (novels) in which infectious disease forms some part of the story. We also try to associate books, where possible, with some other activity or event, to widen interest, and to broaden impact.

Our bookclub comprises both microbiologists and members of the general public. We felt that this would encourage some discussion on the science – accuracy, impact etc – as well as about the book. 

We have established a fairly fluid membership of our bookclub through our website In The Loop (www.sci-eng.mmu.ac.uk/intheloop), but we hope to encourage others to join, to set up their own bookclub, suggest books and accompanying activities to us, and give feedback about the books that they have read, using our website as the focus for communication. So please get in touch!

Below, we have provided information on the books we have read so far.

Code Orange by Caroline B Cooney

meeting report and reading guide

 

Rant: an oral biography of Buster Casey by Chuck Palahniuk

meeting report

Petroplague by Amy Rogers

meeting report , reading guide and correspondance with the author.

Manchester Science Week 2014World Water Day

The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen

meeting report and reading guide

Event flyer

Microbe Hunters by Paul de Krief

meeting report and reading guide

Manchester Science Festival 2013

Fever by Mary Beth Keane

meeting report and reading guide

Youtube video of Mary Mallon movie (Nova, 1993)

A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L'Engle

meeting report and reading guide

The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

meeting report

The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson

meeting report and reading guide

The Air we Breathe by Andrea Barrett

meeting report and reading guide

Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis

meeting report and reading guide

Intuition by Allegra Goodman

meeting report and reading guide

The Painted Veil by W Somerset Maugham

meeting report and reading guide

Nemesis by Philip Roth

meeting report and reading guide

The Island by Victoria Hislop

meeting report and reading guide


Podcast
Bad Bugs Book Club (mp3)

28 stories of AIDS in Africa by Stephanie Nolen

meeting report and reading guide

World Aids day report

Manchester Science Festival 2011

World War Z by Max Brooks

meeting report and reading guide

Society for Applied Microbiology
Science of the Undead
Manchester Science Festival 2011

I am Legend by Richard Matheson

meeting report and reading guide

Trauma film screenings joined forces with The Bad bugs book club, Manchester science fiction books club and Manchester graphic novel book club.

Society for Applied Microbiology
Science of the Undead

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

meeting report and reading guide

 

Toxin by Robin Cook

meeting report and reading guide

E. coli as a cause of outbreaks of diarrhoeal disease in the UK
EHEC O157:H7 – getting to the bottom of the burger bug

Society for Applied Microbiology 

Star of the Sea by Joseph O’Connor

meeting report and reading guide

Accompanying article

 

The Street Philosopher by Matthew Plampin

meeting report and reading guide.

Map of 1847 Manchester

World Book Night

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The Satan Bug by Alistair Mclean

meeting report and reading guide.

 

Dracula by Bram Stoker

meeting report and reading guide.

 

Body Farm, by Patricia Cornwell

meeting report and reading guide.

Article describing microbiological aspects of the Body Farm, published in SGM's magazine, Microbiology Today (November 2001)

Sponsors are the Society for General Microbiology, and Manchester Science Festival

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Unnatural Exposure by Patricia Cornwell

meeting report and reading guide.

Sponsored by In the Loop

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Film made about the malaria awareness event for the Manchester Beacon

The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh

meeting report and reading guide.

Sponsored by the Society for Applied Microbiology. A collaboration between In the Loop, the Manchester Beacon for Public Engagement and the Single Cell Collective.

 

Society for Applied Microbiology
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Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell

meeting report and reading guide.

Held during National Science Week, with the support of New Manchester Walks.

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The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

meeting report and reading guide.
Sponsored by In the Loop Microbiology Services
We welcomed as a guest member Dr David Kirby (www.davidakirby.com) who provided valuable insight into science and cinema to our discussions.

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Dorian by Will Self

meeting report and reading guide.
Sponsored by the Society for General Microbiology  

Society for General Microbiology

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks,

meeting report and reading guide.
Part of the 2009 Manchester Science Festival activities.

Manchester Science Festival
Beacon for public engagement

Hot Zone by Richard Preston,

meeting report and reading guide.
Sponsored by the Society for Applied Microbiology
note: 'Outbreak' screening and facilitated discussion event was repeated at the 2010 British Science Festival.

Society for Applied Microbiology
Beacon for public engagement

Meeting Photos

 

We welcome feedback on any topics covered in this website,
comments on the DVD, or suggestions for additional resources.