Scribe has acquired The Herd, an "in-depth analysis" of Sweden's Covid-19 strategy by Swedish journalist Johan Anderberg.
Scribe founder and publisher Henry Rosenbloom acquired world English language rights from Astri von Arbin Ahlander of the Ahlander Agency. The Herd will be published in Sweden by Albert Bonniers Förlag in spring 2021, with Scribe to publish in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand in 2022.
In The Herd, Anderberg will explore how Sweden took a different approach to fighting the global pandemic. The synopsis explains: "In the spring of 2020, as Covid-19 rapidly spread across the globe, the world shut down. But a small country in Northern Europe remained open. The Swedish Covid-19 strategy has been alternately lauded and held up as a cautionary tale by international governments and journalists alike — with all eyes on what has been dubbed 'The Swedish Experiment'. But what made Sweden take such a deviating path? And what can our own government learn from their strategy?"
Rosenbloom said: "From the start, I was fascinated and disturbed by the way Sweden tried to cope with the Covid pandemic in 2020. Then, when we read the proposal for The Herd late last year, just as the strategy was becoming more contentious within Sweden, we were highly impressed by the author’s access to the key players, and by the vitality of his writing. We feel sure that this will be a memorable book about a subject that everyone has a vested interest in knowing about."