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Bleak Midwinter
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SOLVED: Adult Fiction > SOLVED. Book about a plague outbreak in Oxford [s]

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message 1: by Siv (last edited Jul 29, 2018 01:28PM) (new)

Siv Gaby | 6 comments The action takes place in the 1990s. I was half convinced the title of the book is "Bleak December" but I cannot find it. I definitely remember the word December in the title. It is written by a British author.

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Sean | 24 comments do you remeber when you read/how old the book might have been also did the book turn towards fantasy or was it relatively realistic fiction?

message 3: by Siv (new)

Siv Gaby | 6 comments I read it during the late '90s when I was a member of the British Council library. It was highly realistic and involved the military trying to cover up the outbreak and trying to suppress the fact from leaking to the press. Two young hospital residents are the main characters. Oh, and there was also a reference to Porton Down - it was involved in the plot.

message 4: by Kusal (new)

Kusal | 5 comments Plague by Alberto Camu ???

message 5: by Siv (new)

Siv Gaby | 6 comments No, it is a novel by a British writer.

message 7: by SBC (new)

SBC (essbeecee) | 873 comments Can we rule out Connie Willis's Doomsday Book? The time travelling Oxford student goes back to the middle ages where the plague has struck but there is a parallel epidemic in Oxford in modern times.

message 8: by Siv (new)

Siv Gaby | 6 comments Yes, there are no connections with the past. Everything happens in the 1990s. The Porton Down facility is the key player in the cause of the accidental outbreak and the two interns are puzzled when they start receiving patients with strange symptoms, never seen before. Then they turn detectives and find out that it is actually the bubonic plague they are fighting, while the army tries to make them stay quiet.

message 9: by Siv (new)

Siv Gaby | 6 comments Also, the author is British. I borrowed the book from the British Council library and they only carry British authors.

message 10: by Aerulan (last edited Jul 31, 2018 12:18AM) (new)

Aerulan | 1190 comments Bleak Midwinter by Peter Millar?

message 11: by Lobstergirl, au gratin (new)

Lobstergirl | 37753 comments Mod

Did you check out "Bleak Midwinter"?

message 12: by Siv (new)

Siv Gaby | 6 comments Lobstergirl wrote: "Bump.

Did you check out "Bleak Midwinter"?"

Thank you! This is the book! The moment I read the name, something clicked. Thank you again!

message 13: by Lobstergirl, au gratin (new)

Lobstergirl | 37753 comments Mod
Awesom. Aerulan found your book.

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