The Vitamin Murders

Who Killed Healthy Eating In Britain?

James Fergusson

Published: 1 February 2008
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 272 pages
ISBN: 9781846271465


How can it be that the British ate better, nutritionally speaking, during the rationing years of the Second World War than they have since? And how did we get to the point today where each of us has at least 300 man-made chemicals sloshing around inside our bodies, in untested and potentially toxic combinations? To find out how our food came to make us fat rather than healthy, James Fergusson turns to the scientist who devised the wartime diet and follows a murky trail of industrial espionage, unsolved murder and commercial greed right onto the plates we set before our families every day.

About the author

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JAMES FERGUSSON started out in journalism in 1989. He has written for many publications since, including the Independent, the European, the Daily Mail and Prospect magazine, covering current affairs in Europe, North Africa, Central Asia, the Far East and the Caribbean. His first book was the critically-acclaimed Kandahar Cockney and his most recent is A Million Bullets: The Real Story of the War in Afghanistan. He is married with two daughters and a son, and lives in Edinburgh. More about the author


‘An intriguing and thought-provoking historical whodunnit that investigates the sinister roots of our 21st-century toxic legacy’ Joanna Blythman



‘Deftly put together and compellingly written, Fergusson interweaves an intriguing real-life murder mystery with the short, shameful history of the agrochemical industry that has made unwitting guinea pigs of us all’ Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

‘Thought-provoking and frightening in turns, but most of all utterly brilliant ... This is an important book: read it and weep, and then get very, very angry’ Tim Smit, Director, Eden Project

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