This anthology is a delight from start to finish. On 1 July 2010, writers were encouraged to eavesdrop and use the results as inspiration, sending work in to the 'Bugged' blog ([...]). Some professional writers were commissioned, but the majority are talented amateurs. Editors Jo Bell (who conceived the project) and David Calcutt then picked the best submissions to form this book, and their judgement is impeccable - there isn't a duff piece. When reading anthologies, I usually turn down the corners of the pages to mark my favourite pieces to go back to; but I gave up doing so with this collection when I realised that I was turning down every page. Poems, stories, mini-plays; there is a huge variety of forms and of course of subjects. People really do talk about everything in public, from the banal to the blisteringly personal. Taken together, the 'Bugged' chroniclers offer up a mirror to our increasingly public and self-dramatising society. Taken individually, they entertain, move and disturb in equal measure. Many images and situations stick in the mind of the reader, which is the hallmark of truly great writing.
As an object the book itself is beautifully produced by on-demand publishers [...]. I recommend that we create as much demand as possible - buy it for yourself, and for Christmas/Diwali/Hannukah/Eid presents - it won't disappoint.