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Journalism student publishes book of weekly columns for charity

Jenny BathurstA journalism student has published a book of her weekly newspaper columns for charity.

Jenny Bathurst, pictured, has produced ‘Lockdown Observed: Becoming an Adult Without Leaving the House’, a collection of her weekly articles for Sussex Newspapers from April 2020 to April this year.

Jenny, who is about to start her second year studying journalism BA at the University of Brighton, will donate 50pc of the profits from the book will to Freedom4GirlsUK, a charity providing period products to girls in poverty here and abroad.

All revenue from tickets sales for the book’s launch event at the Festival of Chichester will also go to the charity.

The book’s blurb states: “2020 was a year unlike any other. It turned our world upside down; it threatened everything we knew; and it besieged us with strange new words such as Zoom and furlough and PPE.

“For many of us the experience was quite simply overwhelming. With a popular weekly newspaper column, it fell to Jenny Bathurst to make sense of it all.

“With a growing online audience, from week to week she shared her thoughts and fears in a way which captured the imagination of thousands of people – and also captured a unique flavour of our extraordinary times.

“In this book, Jenny brings together all her columns from the year 2020-2021, more than 40 of her pieces reproduced exactly as they were published. In each she lays bare all the uncertainties of the moment and all the mental and physical challenges of that particular day.

“Together these columns offer a fascinating insight into the times we all lived through – and a precious record of the way one young woman coped with something far beyond our wildest imaginings. This is a book which will strike a chord with everyone.”