What we’re reading right now
We know things are pretty tough at the moment, and everyone is working through this in their own way. Community has always been at the heart of everything we do, so we wanted to find a way to stay connected with each other, share inspiration and, honestly, offer a bit of an escape over the coming weeks.
So we’ve launched ‘home with hush’ — somewhere we can swap recommendations, share small ways to stay motivated, host digital events and let each other in on how we’re all managing during this extraordinary time.
First up: we’re talking books. We at hush are avid readers, so if — like us — you’re making your way through your bookshelf quicker than usual, here’s some page-turning inspiration from our team. Got your own favourites? Let us know by tagging #homewithhush on Instagram.
Mandy Watkins, founder and creative director:
“In preparation for lockdown I bought Daisy Jones and the Six on Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately it was so good I’d finished it by Sunday morning. I’m now reading Ian McEwan’s Machines Like Me which is also great and isn’t going to last long. In a moment of panic I bought a Kindle last week so I won’t be running out of reads anytime soon. Food on the other hand?”
Kat Poole, editor:
“Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and The Light (the concluding part of the Wolf Hall trilogy) couldn’t have been released at a better time, frankly. I know Tudor England might not be typical escapist fare, but Mantel’s writing is so utterly immersive that I dive right back into Thomas Cromwell’s world at the end of every day. The only problem? I’ve now started dreaming in the 1500s...”
Sheila McKain, design director:
“I'm reading Range by David Epstein. It’s a discussion about generalists vs. specialists and debunks the idea that to be great at something we have to have practiced eight hours a day since we were two. It brings to light how experimentation in a variety of fields helps build long-lasting, varied skills, and allows us to think more broadly — and be more creative — when problem solving. It’s a fascinating read that challenges many of the ideas we have been sold about learning.”