About the Book
This book is a collection of my journal entries and photos throughout the first two years of the pandemic, along with news headlines from around the world, Melbourne’s lockdown guidelines, and case number statistics. Things that I thought might be interesting to look back on and show my son when (if) life returns to some semblance of normal. While my rants felt so personal when I wrote them, I looked back and realised that anyone in my position could have written about the frustration, exhaustion, loss of freedom and constant fear I felt.
Everyone has experienced this pandemic differently – this collection is an account of my own thoughts and feelings during a very unprecedented time. A collection which helped me to process it a little. Maybe it will help you process some of it, too.
-- PRAISE FOR MELBOURNE: 263 Days in Lockdown --
“Jess’s account of 263 days in lockdown hit straight to the rawness we all felt as we navigated the pandemic. The pandemic is a chapter in history that we will always hold with a strange mix of fear and gratitude and Jess has captured it so effectively here. “
— KYLIE ORR, author of Someone Else’s Child
“As a fellow mother who raised a toddler during the COVID pandemic, I really related to this book and felt every challenge and emotion along the way."
— LISA HOLMEN, writer, photographer, and mum
“At times, it feels like it all happened just yesterday. You remind us not to take those little things in life for granted. The coffee dates, swim lessons, seeing friends and family, travel and the list goes on…”
— BONNY, Melburnian and new dad
Hi, I’m Jess, and I write. I write about different parts of the world because I love documenting it and its cultures. I write short fiction because I like to have a bit of fun and experiment. And I write about my own lived experiences around mental illness, maternal mental health and trauma to open honest dialogues about the hard stuff. Because we’re all in this together.