‘Life in a Time of Plague’ is a new book by Julian Roup, author of ‘A Fisherman in the Saddle’ and ‘Boerejood’.
‘Life in a Time of Plague’ is the story of Britain under the first 75 days of its unprecedented Covid-19 lockdown, seen from the author’s rural East Sussex valley home.
The book has won plaudits from the Whitbread Prize winning Irish poet and Oxford don, Bernard O’Donoghue, author of Seamus Heaney and the Language of Poetry (1995), who says: “It is a wonderful account of the time of coronavirus; I especially like the reverie at the end with its sense of time regained in that Proustean way. The writer, Julian Roup has a great gift for evocation and description.”
From the refuge of a seemingly idyllic country idyll, the book monitors in bleak and forensic detail the failure of the Government to protect Britain, and its woeful response at every stage of the pandemic.
The author’s age and medical issues colour this diary with a dark humour, as his age group is most at risk. He is determined to make his 70th birthday at least, despite the thousands of death in Britain to date.
It is a quiet slow appreciation of the bright and dark spring and summer of 2020 in the English countryside, set against the horrors faced by frontline workers to whom the book is dedicated.
However what is most surprising is that amid the death, heartache and economic carnage, there is a silver lining, the chance to simply stop and stare, and rethink our lives.
BLKDOG Publishing say:
“We are delighted to be able to publish Julian Roup’s new book. His writing has been described by the FT as: “Brilliant, terrific, really very, very good. Engaged, intelligent, personal, fast moving and funny.” And this new book underlines that gift.
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Author Julian Roup comments:
“With this terrible threat hanging over us I felt a need to add my voice to what will become the human story of death and survival of this pandemic that has brought the world to a screeching halt. And to hold this woeful Government to account, as it has failed to protect Britain.”