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Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780349015095

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‘A daring, compelling novel about motherhood’ Cosmopolitan
‘Beautifully written’ i Paper
Brilliantly explores the societal expectations put on womenHarper’s Bazaar
Utterly compelling’ Irish Independent
‘I devoured this book’ Clover Stroud
‘A richly textured novel showing what it means to be a woman with multiple sides … I was absolutely glued to it’ Emma Gannon
‘Layered, rich and captures so much I can relate to. Bravo’ Emma Barnett

What if the thing you most wanted feels nothing like you expected?

Stevie’s life seems full: she has a successful career and a glamorous social life in New York. But what she wants most is a baby, an aspiration that feels impossible for a single woman in her late 30s.

Determined to be a mother, Stevie returns home to London and has a baby on her own. Soon, though, she finds motherhood painfully at odds with her former life and wonders if she’s made a terrible mistake.

As she struggles with her new reality and what her future might hold, Stevie is forced to face difficult truths about her past and reconsider everything she believed about family and love.

‘This is bound to be a book club favourite’ Reader Review *****

‘I just couldn’t get enough of this one and I hope it opens up so many conversations around ambition, motherhood, friendship and IVF’ Reader Review *****

‘A super engrossing plot makes it a book for everyone, not just for mothers’ Reader Review *****

Hush sucks you in and doesn’t let you go. Honest, human, and compassionate.’ Reader Review *****

‘Beautifully written and thought-provoking book that is also a total page turner’ Reader Review *****

‘I wish I could give this more than 5 stars’ Reader Review *****

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A beautifully written meditation on motherhood
The i Paper
Kate Maxwell's debut novel explores the complexities and emotional roller-coaster of single motherhood... Well-researched and compelling
The Lady
An engaging parable about the ambiguity of modern motherhood, told with warmth and wit
Leah Hazard, bestselling author of Hard Pushed
A vivid, compelling story about the unspoken truths of motherhood, family and feminine ideals. Tender, unflinching and beautifully evoked
Francesca Hornak, author of Seven Days of Us
A daring, compelling novel about motherhood
A richly textured, exciting and mysterious debut novel showing the push and pull of motherhood, career identity and what it means to be a woman with multiple sides. Relatable and entertaining. I was absolutely glued to it
Emma Gannon, author of OLIVE
Maxwell explores uncomfortable but important truths about motherhood brilliantly in her story of a mother falling apart, and piecing herself back together
Julia Bueno, author of THE BRINK OF BEING
This beautifully written debut explores what it really means to choose to go it alone as a single mother, as well as the unforeseen consequences of that choice... I loved everything about this emotionally intelligent, compelling, raw and original book. Fabulous
Daily Mail
Hush dishes out brutal honesty around motherhood and is by turns shocking and tender
Hush is a beautifully-written meditation on motherhood, identity and belonging - at once tender and resilient, incisive and heart-breaking. In this assured debut, Kate Maxwell captures how love grows and morphs and, ultimately, endures
Charlotte Philby, author of Edith and Kim
I ADORED Hush. I have never read anything that so accurately voiced the struggles I experienced as a new mother. It felt totally real to me and I was hooked from start to finish. I also loved all the other relationships that were so nuanced and heartfelt. I finished the book with that wonderful ache you get after reading a book that has moved you and uplifted you in equal measure
Libby Page, bestselling author of The Island Home
With sharp, perceptive, and tender prose that is at times scathing, Maxwell pushes the boundaries of what society tells us is acceptable, and perhaps what the reader feels she can forgive, then brings us back again to not only empathize with but root for her protagonist. Maxwell shows a type of motherly love seldom written about, one that's not instantaneous, but grows slowly, with difficulty, and is no less beautiful as it blossoms into something so incredible it takes your breath away
Charlene Carr, author of Hold My Girl (2023)
Hush is layered, rich and captures so much I can relate to. Bravo
Emma Barnett, BBC Broadcaster
Skilfully written by the fresh new voice, Kate Maxwell, this debut brilliantly explores the societal expectations put on women through the compelling Stevie, and gives us a worthy protagonist for this modern age
Harper's Bazaar
An unflinching look at both work-as-identity and modern parenting
Grazia, a Hot Debut
I devoured this book - it was so compelling
Clover Stroud
Longing to have a child, Stevie changes her Manhattan career-oriented life for single parenthood in her native England in Maxwell's powerful, nuanced meditation on the struggles experienced by new mothers
In terms of hype, debuts don't come any hotter than Kate Maxwell's Hush, which features a new riff on motherhood in an increasingly crowded pen... Utterly compelling
Irish Independent
Hush will break and remake your heart in one sitting. A wry and tender story that considers the potential for all strands of female life - friends, family, career - to become the loves of your life. This poignant tale of the blur of new motherhood will make you check in on your children if you have them - and on the woman you were before they arrived. I loved it
Harriet Walker, author of The New Girl
Beautifully written, with a nuanced understanding of what it means to lose sight of who you are, for whatever reason, and what it means to get yourself back or burn it all down and start again
Sophia Blackwell