'An entertainingly educational story of scientific exploration, political filibustering, profiteering skulduggery and a disaster that was nearly total… This is not just a book for wine buffs. An intoxicating read.' Peter Millar, The Times
'The extraordinary tale of how France's wine industry was saved from a devastating plague by the New World.' Daily Mail
'Such are Christy Campbell's superb story-telling skills that, notwithstanding my woeful ignorance of science, botany and viticulture, I found myself utterly hooked on this fascinating piece of social history.' Hugh Massingberd, Daily Telegraph
'As Christy Campbell shows so vividly, the desperate search for both cause and cure involves all the elements of a good thriller… such a good read.' Joanna Simon, Sunday Times
'Phylloxera is a rattling good read; the author handles scientific material with such a nimble touch that at no point was I overcome by the onslaught of entomological detail.' Giles MacDonogh, Literary Review
The Times, 14 February 2004
'an entertainingly educational story of scientific exploration...not just a book for wine buffs...an intoxicating read.'
Literary Review, March 2004
'a rattling good read'
The Sunday Telegraph, 29 February 2004
'an extraordinary story...astonishing, thoroughly researched and well-written.'
Financial Times, March 13, 2004
'This story of an early eco-disaster, and its solution makes fascinating reading.'
Daily Telegraph, March 13, 2004
'superb story-telling skills...[a] fascinating piece of social history.'
The Guardian, March 13, 2004
'Christy Campbell's story...would make a compelling TV drama...this book would make a marvellous gift.' Malcolm Gluck
Harpers Wine & Spirit Weekly, February 2004
'an absorbing read...a serious book that deserves a wide readership.'
About the Author
Christy Campbell is a writer, journalist and former defence correspondent and feature writer for the Sunday Telegraph, which he joined on the eve of the Gulf War. He is the author of The Maharajah’s Box and Fenian Fire.