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Coming soon: Devi Sridhar’s spring best-seller

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It’s been a tough pandemic for all of us here in Britain. Lockdowns, supply shortages, over-zealous policemen and Matt Hancock’s gurning face – there’s been a shortage of joy these past 18 months. But now Mr S is delighted to discover there is light at the end of the tunnel: a forthcoming book bonanza by Covid experts – and Devi Sridhar – who have all somehow found time to pen books on the global crisis despite being proven wrong again and again. Below is Steerpike’s guide to all the titles which won’t be flying off the bookshelves in the forthcoming months….

First, we have the aforementioned Sridhar, who finally has a release date in May for her book: Preventable: The politics of the pandemic and how to stop the next one. A breathless PR plug for the book claims the ‘definitive’ work uses the spellbinding story of the Covid-19 pandemic to show how global politics shape our health’ contrasting ‘over-confident heads of states’ with their ‘hesitant scientific advisors.’  Sridhar herself is described in glutinous prose akin worthy of an Enlightenment icon, having ‘risen to prominence for her vital roles in communicating science to the public and speaking truth to power.’ 

This of course would be the same Devi Sridhar who gushed over Nicola Sturgeon’s ‘wise words’ and ‘strong leadership’ and suggested an independent Scotland would have handled the pandemic better – even as the country clocked up a worse care home death rate then England. The good academic has also spent the past year and a half demanding a revision of the devolution settlement to give more powers to the Scottish government – even when the Holyrood, er, had them in the first place.

Her book meanwhile promises to ‘challenge, outrage and inspire’ – rather like Sridhar’s own tweeted musings on the efficacy of the AstraZeneca jab in March which saw her being accused

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