Excerpt from the Pandemic Anthology, ‘With Love, Comes Hope’

 

With Love, Comes Hope

Judith McIntyre
Hong Kong, China

My name is Judith and I live and work in Hong Kong. I’m
British and I moved here from the UK just over 5 years ago.

This is my Covid-19 story.

I first read about the virus in Hong Kong mass media in
early January. Feeling perturbed, I closely watched news on
the virus thereafter. A few weeks later – on January 23rd –
the first case was confirmed in Hong Kong, the same day
that Wuhan locked down swiftly followed by restrictions
within other provinces in mainland China…

Read on…

‘With Love, Comes Hope’ is now available from Amazon sites around the world in print and Kindle versions

    

All proceeds to the international humanitarian charity, ‘Bridge2’

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Now Available Worldwide, the Pandemic Anthology!

With Love, Comes Hope: Stories & Inspiration during the 2020 Pandemic

Now available on Amazon sites worldwide in paperback and Kindle formats, the international anthology on the Coronavirus.

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All proceeds to charity.

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With Love, Comes Hope – Available to Pre-Order

An anthology of unedited short stories, poems, and articles from around the world during the 2020 Pandemic.

Now available to pre-order on Kindle prior to the official release on 31st July in print and Kindle versions.

https://www.amazon.com/Love-Comes-Hope-Inspiration-Pandemic-ebook/dp/B08CRWWT82/

 

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With Love, Comes Hope: Stories & Inspiration during the 2020 Pandemic

Whether you are self-isolating, supporting those who are, or one of the many fabulous key workers keeping the rest of us alive and sane, we would like to invite you to submit a story or poem for inclusion in our anthology.

No previous writing experience is required and if selected, editorial advice will be given. There will be a word count limit announced shortly.

Our book is a ‘not for profit’ venture and the proceeds will go to an international charity. So this won’t make you rich! But it will give you a chance to be included in a record of these trying times. We are especially looking for inspirational stories, humorous and uplifting submissions that will raise the spirits of people around the world.

The language will be English but submissions are very welcome from any country in the world. The finished book will be available in paperback and on Kindle internationally and each writer will be named.

To register your interest, please visit our Facebook page where further details will soon be announced: https://www.facebook.com/greatliterature/

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More to Life by Maureen Moss

Divorce. Career kaput. A house move. Three of life’s scariest situations all hit Rachael as she’s entering her forties. This is definitely not the future she signed up for. What’s a girl to do? Run away, of course. Flinging off convention, she plans a wild, exciting and challenging adventure, heading to the East in the hope of finding some meaning in her life. To leave her three teenage children behind is unthinkable. However, any decisions regarding their place in the picture are not hers alone to make: her ex has a few words to say about her plans. Could he scupper her dream? Come along for the ride with Rachael and her family as they stumble through weird encounters, meeting quirky, and often downright peculiar, characters on their travels.

More to Life is a light-hearted look at family relationships when tested in unfamiliar environments.

 

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Brinwood

Small town cults linger around our communities. They’re hidden among us, picking up believers and working to grow strong, though most remain invisible to us. What would happen if a heavily religious cult took over one of our towns? How much damage would it cause us? Casper is an exile from his home, but when he finds out his brother has died, he returns to save his family from the ravenous followers who have taken over. Returning for his sister and mother, the young man must fight against the brainwashed folks he used to call neighbors. Can he save them? Or will his return cause the demise of the rest of his family? Welcome to the cold walls of Brinwood.

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Second Skin The Pack

Alex Thomas’ family has just moved back to Greenwood on the edge of the city, a sleepy woodland town where Alex’s father grew up.
However, his father’s family holds a secret, and Alex’s life changes when he finds out he is much more than he appears to be.
As a fight for dominance among two family legacies begins.

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Narcissus and Goldmund

Narcissus is a teacher at Mariabronn, a monastery in medieval Germany, and Goldmund his favourite pupil. While Narcissus remains detached from the world in prayer and meditation, Goldmund runs away from the monastery in pursuit of love. Thereafter he lives an&g picaresque wanderer s life, his amatory adventures resulting in pain as well as ecstasy. His eventual reunion with Narcissus brings into focus the diversity between artist and thinker, Dionysian and Apollonian. This new edition features a forward from the musician and artist Graham Coxon: ‘The clean simplicity of Hesse’s writing offers a vast space in which to push your weightless mind, and, although you can see the universe between the lines, he never forces you to venture too deeply but rather leaves it entirely up to you as to how far in you might like to travel. This is not just a story. This book is a gentle arm around the shoulder.’

Reviews

A novel that dramatises Nietzsche’s conception of the Apollonian and the Dionysian. At the medieval monastery of Mariabronn, the restless Goldmund realises he isn’t cut out for a cloistered life under the tutelage of his friend and mentor, the ascetic Narziss, and so begins a series of travels that see him work his way through most of the seven deadly sins before finding a psychic resolution of sorts in an apprenticeship to a master sculptor. Only by feeding his appetite for worldly experience does Goldmund finally find the courage to face death. –The Guardian 1000 Novels Everyone Must Read

His greatest novel –New York Times

One of his masterpieces . . . without doubt a great novel –Observer

His greatest novel –New York Times

One of his masterpieces . . . without doubt a great novel –Observer

His greatest novel –New York Times

One of his masterpieces . . . without doubt a great novel –Observer

About the Author

Counted among the leading thinkers of the twentieth century, HERMANN HESSE was born in 1877. Rebelling against a stern monastic education, he worked as a locksmith and a bookseller before embarking on a 65-year writing career. Having travelled as far as India, he settled in Switzerland in 1911 in opposition to German militarism. Awarded the Nobel Prize in 1946, he died in 1963 aged eighty-five.

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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

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A middle aged man sets off to post a letter and ends up walking without money, proper shoes, map, or food, for nearly 90 days, towards a destination over 600 miles away whose exact location he doesn’t even know. His mission: to save a life.

After several of the early pages wondering where on earth this story was going, I found myself drawn towards Harold, his wife, and the terminally ill woman he has decided to visit. Curiosity got the better of me and before long I was turning pages avidly, needing to know the outcome. Would he make it in time? What damage had he done to his marriage? What was the mystery surrounding his estranged son?

And it gradually dawned on me that this story is about living an extraordinary life, about having the courage to live in the unknown, to commit, and to take action, no matter how ‘dull and ordinary’ one’s circumstances are.

Harold is joined and subsequently deserted by a motley crew of well-wishers and fame seekers. Even Dog, who had, as Harold said, ‘chosen to walk with Harold for a while, and then it had chosen to stop, and walk instead with the young girl. Life was like that.’

To quote Alfred Hickling in The Guardian, Rachel Joyce successfully conveys ‘profound emotions in simple, unaffected language’.

And for me, therein lies both its charm and its success.

 

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