Jonathan Calvert & George Arbuthnott: Britain’s Battle with Coronavirus

Join Jonathan Calvert & George Arbuthnott at the Cambridge Literary Festival


Sunday 25th April, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

  • In Conversation
  • Online event


About the Event

Grace and favour and waste and failure – these are the shocking conclusions painstakingly chronicled in Failures of State: The Inside Story of Britain’s Battle with Coronavirus.  

Investigative journalists Jonathan Calvert & George Arbuthnott discuss in detail the extraordinary confusion, indecision, and complacency at the heart of Boris Johnson’s government during the global pandemic. Calvert and Arbuthnott’s reporting chronicles the UK government’s botched response: 68 wasted days over the course of the year in which they failed to decisively act, causing the UK death toll to be amongst the highest in the world. Failures of State agonisingly recalls the meticulous details of the pandemic in this devastating piece of journalism.  

In conversation with Anoosh Chakelian, Britain Editor, New Statesman. 

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About the Book

Failures of State: The Inside Story of Britain’s Battle with Coronavirus
Failures of State: The Inside Story of Britain’s Battle with Coronavirus

Jonathan Calvert, George Arbuthnott

Publisher:HarperCollins Publishers

Publication date:18 Mar 2021


4.00 out of 5
3 reviews
"this is the book to throw at those who were meant to protect the British public and failed in their duty"
The Guardian
"In this meticulous, damning investigation, two journalists reveal how the government squandered a legacy of pandemic planning and led Britain into a dead end"
The Observer
"A damning account of errors over the pandemic by the Sunday Times Insight team"
The Sunday Times

*THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER* 'An astonishing book' James O'Brien 'A gripping, devastating read' Sunday Times 'This is a scandal' Piers Morgan