Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic is a brilliantly written book exploring various infectious diseases, many of them zoonoses, such as Hendra, Ebola, Marburg, Malaria, SARS, HIV etc. The author explores the origin, transmission, spread and effects of these diseases on human and animal populations. The book is not filled with scientific jargon, but is also not so simplified that it becomes useless. The personable writing style makes a scientific subject like this exciting and interesting, instead of boring. An excellent book which should be read by everyone.