A new book on people’s experiences of the pandemic has been produced by an independent publishing company.
Covid-19: An Extraordinary Time, edited by Gill James and Debz Hobbs-Wyatt, is a mix of flash fiction, short stories, poetry, life writing, diary extracts, musings, and even short scripts in response to the pandemic.
Contributors were invited to make suggestions about the title, the book cover, and it comes in hardback as well as an e-book. Proceeds from the book will go to the charity, Médecins sans Frontières – Doctors Without Borders, an international humanitarian medical non-governmental organisation of French origin best known for its projects in conflict zones and in countries affected by endemic diseases.
Our Bury reporter Gill James, helps run Bridge House Publishing, said: “It has been an extraordinary time, hasn’t it? And don’t we rely on writers to record and rationalise these events anyway? Wouldn’t our knowledge of the Great Fire of London and the Great Plague be a lot less if Samuel Pepys hadn’t written about it for us?
“We invited people we knew to submit any sort of writing about how they were experiencing Covid. They were also asked to invite their trusted writing friends. Every piece of writing was going to be accepted and if we had more than enough for one book we’d make another – in fact as many as it would take.
“We didn’t set a time limit but we knew when we’d got enough. In fact, the 6”x 9” book comes in at 231 pages – just right really. It is a snapshot of a piece of history, with a pleasing quality and diversity of the writing.”
A companion book, Aftermath, is now in production, which contains lots of references to what the ‘new normal’ might look like and some other near-future writing.
Covid 19 – an Extraordinary Time is available via all good book shops on order. The e-book is available on Amazon. For more information on the books email [email protected]