Posted by: gillarbuthnott | September 2, 2021

Happy Publication Day!

I want to introduce you all to my latest ink-and-paper offspring: Microbe Wars. This is a book I’ve wanted to write for some time, and in June 2020 Templar Books decided that they would like to publish it. It’s been a whirlwind of writing, editing, design and illustration since then, and I’m immensely proud of the result. It takes a lot of people to turn an idea into a finished book and I’ve been very lucky to work with editors Katie Haworth and Samuel Fern and designer Nathalie Eyraud. Above all though, it’s been the wonderful illustrator Mariana Madriz who has brought my words to life with her detailed – and frequently funny – illustrations.

So what’s Microbe Wars about, I hear you ask? It’s about the immense world of tiny microbes, the good, the bad and the very ugly indeed; about the ones who have been our deadly enemies through the centuries and the ones who have helped us survive, feeding us and producing life-saving drugs. It’s about the scientists and medics who discovered the part microbes play in our health and illnesses. It’s about the Black Death and Covid, antibiotics and immunisation, wine and cheese and much, much more.

Happy publication day, Microbe Wars!



  1. Sounds brilliant 🤩

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