HarperCollins Ireland has scooped the story of the country's coronavirus response from news correspondent Richard Chambers.
Conor Nagle bought world all language rights for A State of Emergency from the author. It will be published on 28th October.
Chambers is one of Ireland’s most recognisable and respected broadcast journalists, and his observations and insights over the past 15 months, in particular, have brought him to greater prominence. The Irish Examiner named him a "breakout star of the pandemic" with his "calm and straightforward reporting". This is his first book and features more than 100 interviews with cabinet members, public health officials, frontline workers, and ordinary people.
The publisher said: "Ranging from the halls of government buildings, where conflict between the new cabinet and its public health advisors threatened to derail the official response, to the frontlines of the containment effort itself, where doctors, nurses, and the communities they served found themselves pushed to breaking point, A State of Emergency is a landmark work of journalism and a riveting insider account of the struggle to bring Ireland back from the brink."
Chambers said: "This past year has changed all of our lives. The opportunity to try to give people a new understanding of what happened in Ireland's coronavirus crisis is a very exciting one. I hope A State Of Emergency will serve as something of a living history of the pandemic in Ireland - from the tense meetings, the crucial decisions and the moments the state's response came close to breaking point. It's a privilege to be in a position to share the experiences of our health workers who battled fatigue, PPE shortages and devastating surges to save as many lives as possible. Most of all, I'm forever grateful to the families of loved ones whose lives were lost to the virus for allowing their stories to be told and their memories to be shared."
Nagle added: "Richard’s coverage of the pandemic has been extraordinary, and A State of Emergency reflects so many of the qualities that have defined his work over the past fifteen months: incredible access and scrupulous attention to detail, a knack for breaking new ground and drawing fresh insight from interviewees, and – most importantly – an ability to transport his audience to the centre of historic events. A State of Emergency is an ‘important’ work, but it’s also a riveting read."
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