Duckworth’s Summer Reads


Hello all! Back in April, we talked about what our team would be reading during lockdown. Four (long) months later, we are going to have another quack at it.

Fanny (marketing and publicity guru): Summer reading for me usually means delving into great fiction. I’m reading:

  • Hot Milk by Deborah Levy – my first Levy and really enjoying it so far. It’s set on the Spanish seaside and though it’s all about a tricky mother-daughter relationship, the setting definitely brings the right summer-y vibes.
  • Finally carving out time to read Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other – better late than never! Obviously a hugely important book this year and everyone that I know who’s read it had only the best things to say, so really looking forward to giving it a read.

Matt (of-all-trades): Manuscripts!

But I am meant to read the Sunday Times bestseller Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race for my book club end of next week so better get started. I’ll be writing a review of the book for Ninja Book Box, which specialises in promoting indie press books.

Pete (le chef): I have just started on Jessica Kane’s Rules for Visiting, to read by the river.

A quiet, thoughtful start, but I have a feeling this is going to build into one of those novels of quiet genius.

Rob (intern-galactic): I have also had a book club to prepare for. The book of discussion is Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous. I’m really enjoying the book. It is raw, full of emotion, yet so graceful in its lyricism.

Still waiting for my brief moment.


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