Planet 246

Catrin Kean
The Blue Book of Nebo
by Manon Steffan Ros
The Madness of Sara Mansfield
by Sophie McKeand

by Manon Steffan Ros

Firefly, £7.99

During lockdown there was a scramble for a simpler way of life: maybe we’d wanted this for years. Those who could afford it abandoned the cities for a rural life. Those who couldn’t wandered the streets on their one walk a day, looking for flowers, previously known as weeds, growing unchecked in the city’s cracks, or joined houseplant swap groups on Facebook. At the same time, the forced isolation and the fear of a looming and unknown catastrophe affected the mental health of many, particularly children and young people.

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About the author

Catrin Kean’s debut novel Salt, based on the story of her great-grandparents, won Wales Book of the Year in 2021. She is currently working on her second. She lives in Cardiff with her partner and three ridgeback dogs.