Humor & Gifts

Lockdown Secrets: Postcards From The Pandemic

A compelling collection of anonymous postcards sent during lockdown, revealing hilarious, salacious, relatable and sometimes heartbreaking secret confessions.

In the thick of the 2021 coronavirus lockdown, designer and shopowner Eleanor Tattersfield put out a call on Instagram: 'I'll send you a postcard, you send me a secret'. Lockdown Secrets is an astonishing record of what happened next.

Postcards poured in, some beautifully decorated, some simply handwritten, but each one anonymously sharing a very personal confession. They came from people of all ages and all walks of life, including some celebrities. Prominent themes began to emerge: relationships, sex, masturbation, food, rebellion, loneliness and, surprisingly, a lot of love for lockdown itself.

This beautiful book brings together the best of the postcards Eleanor received, and all human life is here: furtive infidelities, bad behaviour in the local bakery, sneaking off for baths during a busy homeschooling schedule, rediscovered marital bliss, and, occasionally, poignant moments of sadness and despair.

We've all been through the lockdown experience, and every reader will find something to relate to in this fascinating collection, a perfect snapshot of an extraordinary time.

About The Author

Eleanor Tattersfield is the proprietor of Marby & Elm, a print workshop and stationery store on Exmouth Market, London, where she designs and hand-makes cards, letterheads, calendars, labels and posters. The shop started in her garden shed and grew into a family business, and her products are now stocked in Liberty London. In 2021 she began her hugely successful lockdown secrets postcard project, which has attracted media attention from all over the world, including pieces on BBC and Channel 4 News in the UK and 9 News Sydney in Australia, as well as coverage in many major newspapers. She lives in London.

  • Publish Date: October 07, 2021
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Humor - Form - Anecdotes & Quotations
  • Publisher: Batsford
  • Trim Size: 7-2/7 x 5-1/3
  • Pages: 192
  • US Price: $17.99
  • CDN Price: $24.99
  • ISBN: 978-1-84994-728-2


'By turns confessional, funny and moving, this anthology of secrets collected during lockdown is an endlessly entertaining and fascinating document of those strange, strange times ... An ingenious concept of a book that will make an entertaining and elegant gift ... Honest and enlightening, what an extraordinarily unique document of such extraordinary times this book is.’ - LoveReading ||

'Lockdown’s most addictive Instagram account’ - ||

'This book will change your life' - Sir John Hegarty ||

‘A fascinating glimpse into other people’s lives’ - Top Santé ||

‘Very addictive and very funny’ - Features Director, Good Housekeeping - Jackie Brown

Author Bookshelf: Eleanor Tattersfield