A Text Adventure: On Reading During Lockdown

Thomas Jellis


A series of reflections on trying to read during lockdown.


literary geographies in isolation; reading; collecting; video games;

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Benjamin, W. (2007) Illuminations: Essays and Reflections. New York, NY: Schocken Books.

Biss, E. (2020) On Immunity. London: Fitzcarraldo Editions.

Camus, A. (2013) The Plague. London: Penguin Books.

Cioran, E. M. (2018) A Short History of Decay (trans. R. Howard). London: Penguin Books.

Elliot, J., Kemenczy, T. and Babbitt, B. (2018) ‘How to get lost in a cave.’ In Foulston, M. and Volsing, K. (eds) Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt. London: V&A Publishing, pp. 98-111.

Fadiman, A. (2000) Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader. London: Penguin Books.

Fox, D. (2018) Limbo. London: Fitzcarraldo Editions.

Ishiguro, K. (2019) Come Rain or Come Shine. London: Faber and Faber.

McEwan, I. (2016) Purple Scented Novel. London: Vintage.

Stuart, K. (2020) ‘Novel adventures: 12 video games for when you’re too restless to read.‘ The Guardian, 28 April 2020.


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