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

A Grazia Hot Debut

‘A richly textured novel showing the push and pull of motherhood, career identity and what it means to be a woman with multiple sides … I was absolutely glued to it’ Emma Gannon, bestselling author of Olive

After five exhilarating years in New York, Stevie has a successful career and a glamorous social life. But what she most wants is a baby, an aspiration that feels impossible given that she is single, thirty-eight and living in a tiny apartment in Manhattan, far away from most of her family in England.

Determined to become a mother, Stevie returns to London and has a baby on her own. When she gives birth to Ash, she finds motherhood painfully at odds with her former life and her expectations. She begins to wonder if having a child was a mistake – and what she might be willing to do to escape. As she struggles with what her future might hold, revelations from the past change everything she believed about family and love.

‘A daring, compelling novel’ Cosmopolitan
‘An unflinching look at both work-as-identity and modern parenting’ Grazia
‘A taboo-busting tale’ Harper’s Bazaar
‘Debuts don’t come any hotter… Utterly compelling’ Irish Independent
‘By turns shocking and tender’ Metro

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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
A beautifully written meditation on motherhood
The i Paper
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
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
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
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
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
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
Waterstones
A daring, compelling novel about motherhood
Cosmopolitan
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
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
An unflinching look at both work-as-identity and modern parenting
Grazia, a Hot Debut
An engaging parable about the ambiguity of modern motherhood, told with warmth and wit
Leah Hazard, bestselling author of Hard Pushed
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
Metro
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)