Here it is – my Covid-19 lockdown book. In March 2020 when it became clear that the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus was not going to go away quietly, I started self-isolating at home. Although we had a treadmill and an exercise bike within the house, I missed the great outdoors and Ron, my neighbour, said I was welcome to walk around his back garden any time I felt the need. So, when the weather was agreeable, I took to walking regularly around the garden for 45 minutes to an hour. As I did so, I noticed many interesting features and I began to think about writing something – a blog, a short story, maybe something longer – but I needed a muse, and here she is: Ron and Jenya’s 6-year-old daughter, Victoria:
Here’s the opening paragraph of the book:
I started my walk at the end of the small pond and decided I would walk anti-clockwise around the edge of the garden. Just as I was about to put one foot in front of the other, I felt a slight movement on my right shoulder. It was as if a bird had settled there. Hello, I thought to myself, what’s that and I turned my head to see what type of bird it was. But it wasn’t a bird. It was a pixie; a small garden pixie wearing a woolly hat, a green top, and brown half-length trousers, sitting on my shoulder and smiling at me.
‘Hello,’ he said. ‘Where are you going?’ …
Yes, I was joined by a pixie, Pesky, and later on by his friend, Tanya. They told me many interesting things about the magical features in the garden and, particularly, about their adventures in Rainbow World, a place that could be entered through an archway in the garden ‘only at 2 o’clock in the morning when the moon is full’; an event that happened on 8th May, 2020.
Availability and Price
Full of exciting adventures and magical happenings, the book extends to twenty chapters and covers the two-month period, 8 April – 12 June. The use of colour illustrations throughout the paperback book has pushed the list price up to £12.00 ($16.12) but I can supply copies at the author’s rate of £6.32 + p&p. If you are interested to obtain a (signed, if requested!) copy, e-mail me with your request. Full details for how to buy the book on Amazon are here.