2020: The Year That Changed Us by Molly Glassey (Editor)

Moving on ….

This book edited by Molly Glassey, includes fifty essays which provide a six part look at 2020 and at what might happen next.

Most of us will remember the bushfires that saw out 2019 and saw in 2020.  Many of those who lost their homes are still waiting to have those homes rebuilt. And after the bushfires some of us experienced hailstorms, and then others were flooded.  Before we could catch our collective breath, the COVID-19 pandemic struck.

Here we are in 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic continues.  There has been a global recession, political turmoil, and several other disasters.  Life (for those of us fortunate enough to be alive) has changed.  International travel is a distant dream (or a nightmare, depending on your viewpoint), mask-wearing and social distancing are part of life.

These fifty essays, from contributors to ‘The Conversation’ examine 2020 and start discussion about what might happen next.

The contributors include: Michelle Grattan, Peter Martin, Raina MacIntyre, Joëlle Gergis, Peter Greste, Thalia Anthony, Shino Konishi, Fiona Stanley, Benjamin Scheele, Jacinta Koolmatrie, Susan Carland, Geoff Plimmer.

While I found all the essays valuable, I was most interested in Part III ‘The New World’.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith