A Scent of New-Mown Hay
New English Library, London, 1976
(first published Secker & Warburg, 1958)
A nameless pestilence is threatening humanity though the female of the species.
A vast area of Russia is sealed off, the inhabitants evacuated and the village razed to the ground.
Linked together these two facts begin a horrifying trail which started in a biological research station in wartime Germany and leads to the first reported outbreak of the pestilence in England ...
John Blackburn's vividly authentic novel is already recognized as a science fiction classic.
'The story has a nightmarish excitement and maintains a brilliant pace ... the best of its kind this season.' - Detroit News