‘The church has no thoughts. The church is brick and glass. If they ever slept there, they would see that.’
An excerpt from Kevin Maxwell’s exposé of structural racism in the British police force.
‘Connections are being forged, even as we keep our distance. Let’s hold onto them in the after.’ Jessica Francis Kane on neighbourliness in the time of COVID-19.
‘From when we first began living together in settlements, bacteria and viruses were with us, replicating, mutating and jumping species with extraordinary agility.’
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‘Wars, national disasters and pandemics do not cause social disintegration – they reveal it, and deepen it.’ Vesna Maric on the difference between wars and viruses.
‘This isn’t the end of the world. It’s history going about its business. This isn’t the last apocalypse by a long shot.’
‘Nobody bothered him when he was playing tennis. No matter how long he stayed out there, the door never took breaks.’ Fiction by Rob Magnuson Smith.
An extract from This Time of Dying by Reina James.
An extract from Madeleine Bunting’s first novel.
‘Watching behaviour comes naturally to me, so much so that I may be overdoing it.’
‘Never was a man so deep in thought.’ An extract from Mark Blacklock’s new novel.
An extract from Sandra Hempel’s The Medical Detective, which follows the story of the man who identified – and helped stop – the cholera pandemic of the 1830s.
Reina James compares our response to Covid-19 to the reaction to the Spanish Flu in 1918.
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