A User’s Guide to a Pandemic introduction by Marcus Zusack (Book Review)

Last year was tough. This year has been tough. In Melbourne, we’ve endured what has been reported to us as the longest and most intense lockdown globally (though I do wonder how true that is, having watched posts from overseas of people who have been in lockdown for an extremely long time).

A User’s Guide to a Pandemic tells of life during this time from the perspective of young people – teens and under. There are poems and diary entries and fiction and all kinds, and it’s charming and lovely. There is a strong sense of the stress and exhaustion and uncertainty we felt (and still feel), and there is hope.

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