Creative Showcase Speakers Recommend: Books Of The Week

From a Lush perspective, The #CreativeShowcase  is the perfect time to gather your heroes and learn from them. We couldn’t be more excited to present to you a list of recommendations from a selection of speakers, supporters and special mentions. Read on for some expert inspiration!

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

"Strong and thoughtful characters finding their way through life and love. The setting and stories seem so real and surreal at the same time. Dystopian fiction we have a lot to learn from. Read it before it becomes a reality!"

– Sarah Corbett, Founding Director of Craftivist Collective


Radical Cities by Justin McGuirk

“I used to think architecture meant shiny cucumber shaped skyscrapers and heavy coffee table books – this book made me realise that together with good urban design, it can drastically improve millions of lives.”

– Nikki Maksimovic, Ecosia

Dona Flor and her Two Husbands by Jorge Amado

“Rarely have I felt so sad to finish a book, simply because it was so good. This is the story of a young woman in Bahía, Brazil, a teacher of the culinary arts. Her first husband is a lovable rogue, a gambler and a womaniser. When he dies unexpectedly, her friends think it is for the best. Her second husband is the opposite, an upright pharmacist. When the first returns as a ghost, hilarity ensues.”

– Magnus Robb, The Sound Approach  


The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

"Jarvious Cotton cannot vote. Like his father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather, he has been denied the right to participate in electoral democracy. This is the opening of the book. I know Jarvious, who cannot vote in Mississippi because of his felony conviction. His African-American predecessors were disenfranchised sequentially by slavery, Ku Klux Klan intimidation, poll taxes and literacy tests. The history is important. When David Cameron said that it made him want to vomit to think that Britain might have to let “criminals” vote under European court jurisprudence, I though he might benefit from reading Michelle’s book, which highlights how felony disenfranchisement – far from being a Mosaic rule issued by God on a tablet from Mount Sinai - began as a wheeze of the American racist right to keep the black minority from flexing their political muscle.”

– Clive Stafford Smith, Founder and Director of Reprieve


Pilgrims of the Air by John Wilson Foster

“This book about the American passenger pigeon is also a meditation on how, from the start, the abundance of North American wildlife staggered European imaginations. Hence their shocked discovery, later, that ecological limits applied in the ‘New World’ too.”

– Horatio Morpurgo, Marine Protection Campaigner and Reporter

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