A remarkable collection of ‘Covid Chronicles’ — stories from lockdown sent in from listeners to BBC Radio 4 — making a deeply moving people’s history of the pandemic.
On 23 March 2020, as the deadly virus spread around the world, the UK went into lockdown. In the following weeks and months, it became clear that in many ways we were all in this together, but the illness and the long period of isolation would hit people in entirely different ways.
When BBC Radio 4’s PM Programme launched the ‘Covid Chronicles’ series, listeners from across the country – and beyond – began sending in their lockdown stories to be aired on the show. The results are astonishing: moving, profound, funny, powerful and an invaluable record of our collective experiences. Ranging from the everyday (the thrill of booking a food delivery) to the momentous (a wedding on Zoom), we hear about birth and death, loneliness and loss, community and kindness, as well as remarkable stories from those working in the NHS on the front line.
This book is a collection of some of these Chronicles, written in the midst of one of the most unexpected and intense moments in our history. Together they give us an unforgettable portrait of ordinary people caught in extraordinary times, with all the humour and tragedy and uncertainty we’ve been through.
‘It’s inspiring that so many people have shared their stories – some everyday, some life-changing, but all very human. This is a wonderful collection of experiences, to record and remember this devastating year’ Christie Watson, bestselling author of The Language of Kindness