"Due Preparations for the Plague" by Janette Turner Hospital. [review - radio script]
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Janette Turner Hospital’s new novel "Due Preparations for the Plague" is gripping and compulsive reading, while at the same time being intelligent and erudite. She has used a formidable range of sources and references, both as epigraphs throughout the book and as parallels to illustrate the action. The plague has inspired works by Boccaccio and Daniel Defoe – the novel’s title comes from one of his works – and Albert Camus, all of which Hospital has drawn upon, and other epigraphs come from Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll and Jorge Luis Borges.