Lockdown Literature

Although lockdown literature is not – yet – officially a genre, I’m not the only author who found inspiration in the changes wrought by the Covid pandemic. In my recent guest post for Shiny New Books, I’m sharing my reflections on some of the novels I read as I was drafting and editing mine.

I’m struck by the variety and range of responses to a shared situation: some foregrounding the psychological aspects of the pandemic, others the medical and others the social and political. Follow the link to the full article.

After half a century confined in a psychiatric hospital, Matty has moved to a care home on the Cumbrian coast. Next year, she’ll be a hundred, and she intends to celebrate in style. Yet, before she can make the arrangements, her ‘maid’ goes missing.

Irene, a care assistant, aims to surprise Matty with a birthday visit from the child she gave up for adoption as a young woman. But, when lockdown shuts the care-home doors, all plans are put on hold.

But Matty won’t be beaten. At least not until the Black Lives Matter protests burst her bubble and buried secrets come to light.

Will she survive to a hundred? Will she see her ‘maid’ again? Will she meet her long-lost child?

Rooted in injustice, balanced with humour, this is a bittersweet story of reckoning with hidden histories in cloistered times.

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