Ebury Press has acquired a new book from Michael Rosen, exploring his hospitalisation with coronavirus and subsequent recovery, including extracts from the ward diary kept by nurses who cared for him.
Many Different Kinds of Love: A Story of Love, Death and the NHS will also feature a selection of new poems.
It will be published in hardback and e-book on 18th March 2021.
Rosen spent eight weeks in the intensive care unit at Whittington Hospital after contracting coronavirus earlier this year.
He said of the book: “I’ve been writing pieces about what hit me, how I’m coping or not coping with Covid-19. They come out as a mix of wry and emotional observations on myself and the people who’ve been caring for me. I meet the Covid and its effects head on and I hope this will throw light on what serious illness feels like and help people to reflect on what it means to struggle to recover.”
Robyn Drury, commissioning editor at Ebury Press, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Charles Walker at United Agents. Drury said: “Michael’s amazing writing has been a companion to so many of us over the years, and it was so moving to see the outpouring of love for him while he was in hospital. This book combines the wit, warmth and insight that characterizes all of his work with a beautiful tribute to the NHS workers who saved his life. It’s an incredibly special book and we’re so proud to be publishing it at Ebury.”