Isolationist Reads


Greetings fellow isolationists! March was a long year, right? But here we are, making the best of things whatever comes our way. The Duckworth team are doing their part to support social distancing by working from home. But with our daily commutes axed until further notice, we’ve had to carve out time in our days to read for pleasure that doesn’t involve a ride on Tube. It’s probably one of the things we miss most about catching up with each other in the morning: What are you reading? Would you recommend it? So, in the spirit of sharing, here’s what the Duckworth team are reading for pleasure:

Fanny (marketing and publicity guru): I’m currently loving Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez. She investigates the gender data gap and exposes how our world has been designed — and still functions today — in a way that fits only half the population. It’s the most empowering and urgent read I’ve come across recently – non-fiction at its best. I’m also re-reading the Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante, the queen of immersive fiction. There’s no better way to escape self-isolation and being stuck at home like diving into her 1950s Naples.

Matt (of-all-trades): it’s been an age since I read a novel that wasn’t a manuscript on submission (big non-fiction energy over here), but we all need an escape right now. So I’m reading a book I picked up on whim at Oxfam (support charity!) The Magician’s Guild by Trudi Canavan. It’s all that you’d expect from a fantasy novel with conspiring wizards and plucky street girls possessing mysterious powers aplenty. Next to be devoured on the TBR pile is Extraordinary Insects by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson. Who doesn’t love the weird and wonderful world of creepy crawlies?   

Pete (le chef): in a bid to keep little minds occupied(!), I’m reading Big Ideas for Curious Minds: An Introduction to Philosophy with my daughter. Like most parents working from home we need to keep some semblance of normalcy and education in our child’s life and this has proven to be just the thing for both of us to enjoy. The world is so amazing through their eyes.

So there you have it, a quick glance at our shelves. Let us know what you’re reading on Twitter using our handle @duckbooks and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook @DuckworthPublishers