Mandy's books

Our founder chooses her 18 favourites from the titles we’ve recommended over the years

Curling up with a good book remains one of my greatest pleasures – and a good book recommendation one of my favourite gifts.

The 18 chosen below are in no order. I’ve limited myself to one per author (although I could choose almost anything written by the likes of Mary Lawson, Dorothy Whipple and Celeste Ng) and my memory’s so bad I’ve no doubt left out some of my all-time favourites.

However, they’re a few of the hundreds of books I’ve enjoyed reading – and sharing – since I started hush all those years ago. If you like reading like I do, I hope you’ll enjoy them too.

Stoner – John Williams
The Testament of Gideon Mack – James Robertson
Homeland – Fernando Aramburu
I’m Not Scared – Niccolo Ammaniti
On Chesil Beach – Ian McEwan
Greenbanks – Dorothy Whipple 
The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller
Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
Mister Pip – Lloyd Jones
The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri
Crow Lake – Mary Lawson
A Long Petal of The Sea – Isabel Allende
An American Marriage – Tayari Jones
A Place for Us – Fatima Farheen Mirza
Still Missing – Beth R Gutcheon 
The Nix – Nathan Hill
Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng