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Thanks to your help, my new book Viral: The Search for the Origin of Covid-19, co-authored with MIT scientist Alina Chan, is picking up a lot of steam in America.

As I have mentioned before, I co-authored Viral—which tells the fascinating and heroic story of those searching for the origin of the pandemic, despite the challenges brought by those who don’t want us to know—simply because I think finding that origin is the most important issue facing the world right now. And for that reason, Alina and I have been asking for your help making the book a success.

So far, your help has been wonderfully effective.


It nearly hit the top 100 (of all editions of all books, including fiction, children’s books, etc.) on, hit the top ten of new non-fiction books, and is each of the top three places in new biology books! I recently discussed it on one of the most-watched cable shows in the US, and copies have been requested by at least two members of the United States Senate (one from each party), at least one member of Congress, and one state governor.

This means there is a chance it could reach one of the New York Times or Wall Street Journal best seller lists (for example, for hardcover non-fiction) for this week, which of course would give the book an even wider reach, and help spread even more light on the search for the pandemic’s origin.

So, if you want to help, please consider…

eight personalised, Signed copies


As a small thanks, I’m going to send out eight personalised, signed copies to those of you helping us make Viral a success.

Four will go to those who pre-ordered or ordered in the weeks following release, and the other four will go to those of you who help us spread the word on social media.

Order Viral in the US: Amazon, other retailers like Barnes & Noble, or support independent booksellers by using

Order Viral in the UK:, other retailers like Waterstones, or from

It’s also available in Australia, Canada, India, and many other places.

To become eligible…

And yes, you can do all of the above to increase your chances!

We will accept entries until the 10pm GMT tomorrow, Friday, 10th December (5pm ET / 2pm PT in North America) and contact the winners within two hours after.

Thank you so much for your wonderful support, and especially for your help bringing light to this vital issue.

Matt Ridley’s latest book Viral: The Search for the Origin of Covid-19, co-authored with scientist Alina Chan from Harvard and MIT’s Broad Institute, is now availablein the United States, in the United Kingdom, and elsewhere.


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By Matt Ridley | Tagged:  origin-of-covid