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A Graphic Novel

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A brilliant and timely story, told with McDermid’s verve, style and passion. I couldn’t stop turning the pages, even when I could barely take the tension. Wonderful.

Denise Mina

A gritty, dark tale of infectious disease gone wrong – the timely graphic novel from Sunday Times-bestselling author Val McDermid.

It’s the summer solstice weekend and 150,000 people descend on a farm in the north-east of England for an open-air music festival. At first, a spot of rain seems to be the only thing dampening the fun – until a mystery bug appears. Before long, the illness is spreading at an electrifying speed and seems resistant to all antibiotics. Can journalist Zoe Meadows track the outbreak to its source, and will a cure be found before the disease becomes a pandemic?

A heart-racing thriller, ‘Resistance’ imagines a nightmare pandemic that seems only too credible in the wake of Covid-19. Number-one bestseller and queen of crime Val McDermid has teamed up with illustrator Kathryn Briggs to create a masterful graphic novel.

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Black and white head and shoulders portrait of Val McDermid who has short white hair and is wearing round glasses, a coat and a scarf.

Val McDermid


Val McDermid, the “queen of crime”, has published 27 crime novels, which have sold over 17 million copies worldwide, been translated into 40 languages and won multiple awards. Her series featuring criminal profiler Tony Hill was the basis for the TV series ‘Wire in the Blood’ for ITV.

Black and white head and shoulders portrait of Kathryn Briggs who has a thick, brown fringe and is wearing a checked shirt.

Kathryn Briggs


Kathryn Briggs is a graphic novelist. She combines a background in fine art with a love of pop culture to create comics that range from slice of life to comparative mythology. After studying in Scotland, she moved back to the woods of Pennsylvania in 2018.