Melanie Reid ‘writes’ from her hospital bed

EARLIER this month, The Times’ Scotland reporter and columnist, Melanie Reid, broke her neck and back following a horseriding accident.

The former Herald columnist and senior assistant editor confronts her future in a (dictated) column from her hospital bed.

She ‘writes': “The nights are the worst. On the third night, I lay through the long, dark reaches of the soul. You realise that maybe it’s not going to work out. The biggest battles are fought at night-time. Sleep is difficult, but if you do sleep there are these appalling morphine-induced dreams.”