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A Cocoon with a View
Written by:
Alice Taylor 
Read by:
Jennifer Fitzgerald 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
2 hours 27 minutes 
February 01 2021 
Available Date:
February 01 2021 
Age Category:
Non-fiction; Lifestyle - Wellbeing; Memoirs; Mind, Body & Spirit 
Bolinda/O'Brien audio 
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AUD$ 29.95
AUD$ 29.95

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'Narrator Jennifer Fitzgerald brings her Irish accent to Alice Taylor's evocative memoir of living in social retreat during the COVID-19 pandemic. Offering a gentle yet non-idealized version of all the great and small changes in her own life and that of her village, Taylor describes a way of rural Irish living that seems to hew close to what she describes in her novels. Trading in negative-sounding terms like "isolating" in favor of the more nurturing "cocooning," she begins as she means to go on: by exploring how the weeks and months affected her and her community while simultaneously offering actionable advice for healthy coping strategies. Fitzgerald matches her pacing to Taylor's thoughtful lead, disappearing as narrator to allow listeners to hear this guidance in the spirit it is offered.'

A Cocoon With A View is a first-hand account by acclaimed writer Alice Taylor as she adapts to a new way of life in the self-isolation of the cocoon, which reveals previously unobserved wonders and the delights of the ordinary.

Back in the last weeks of February, which now feels like a hundred years ago, we here in Innishannon were busy planning what was termed ‘The Big Rake Off’ of the dead grass on the long sloping bank beside the road coming into the village. Happily unaware of forthcoming events, we were totally focused on creating our wild flower bank – to get something like this going you need a ‘metheal’, a word which prior to the corona virus was unknown to anyone under 40. Then everything changed ... Exploring the themes of community, family and personal wellbeing, Alice Taylor examines a world changed utterly by the arrival of a once-in-a-century infectious disease. Heart-warming, reflective yet always practical, Alice is a wonderful guide in a world unlike the one we lived in only a few short months ago.

'Fuelled by good humour and home-spun wisdom.'
Evening Echo

'A Cocoon with A View hits the spot and is sure to delight.'
Irish Independent