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Book Review: Ward Nine: Coronavirus – Alys Morgan ****

Coronavirus is another one of those things that seems to have split the nation, indeed nations all over the world. With some people taking the threat very seriously and others determined to keep living the way they always have, sure that the “risk” is minor and that they will be “fine”.

Unfortunately Alys Morgan wasn’t fine, and this short novella is a diary about what happened to her in her home town in Wales. Having nursed her daughter through something that was diagnosed remotely as gastroenteritis Alys caught it herself and on April 19th was admitted to hospital. She was so weak she could not stand and was unable to tolerate even water in her system. The next day she was diagnosed as having Covid 19.

In these early days the staff knew about as much as everyone else about treating Covid 19 as virtually every patient presented with different symptoms. While this book is a record of what physically happened to Alys it is much more than that. It celebrates the sacrifice and dedication of everyone working in her NHS care team from the minimum wage cleaners right up to the consultants. It is about her physical care but also out the mental anguish that occurs as a survivor. In the midst of death and despair there is a beacon of hope and the light of love shines through it all.

Supplied by Net Galley & Parthian Books in exchange for an honest review.

UK Publication date: Nov 09 2020. 150 pages.

Categories: 4 Stars Book Review

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Prolific reader, enthusiastic theatre and movie-goer and ex-Olivier Awards judge who spent twenty years working in the music industry in London. Sharing my house with a gorgeous cockapoo called Harry who has taken over completely.
I love sharing my favourite books with friends - nearly always spoiler-free as I hate reading a synopsis of the whole book in other reviews.


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