Virus: An Unexpected and Outrageous Biography by Pranay Lal

Category: Non-fiction
Publisher: Penguin Random House India (forthcoming)
Rights: Translation rights available for Indian languages (excluding Hindi)

Despite the bad PR, viruses are essential for the existence of all things living. They are the evolutionary engines that have created all creatures. Moving away from their conventional morbid image, Pranay Lal, in his inimitable style, explores the immense contribution of viruses in our lives – how they stabilized climate; how millions of years ago they made live birth possible; how they transformed the tulip into the most desirable flower ever; or saved the majestic chestnut tree from extinction. This is a story that has never been told. Until now.

The author: Pranay Lal