Lockdown Two: Inspiration, Comfort, Distractions.

As we head into a second Lockdown in the UK, here are some personal recommendations for books, music and newsletters that might provide comfort, support, motivation or indeed a distraction over the coming month. 


None of these are strictly marketing related but they are all well created and well curated. 

  1. Five things on a Friday (and occasionally on a Sunday) from James Whatley  (file under: things of note across advertising, social, gaming and much more )
  2. Drawing Links by Edith Zimmerman (file under: non-fiction comic)
  3.  Feasts and Fables (file under: inspiration and happenings)
  4. Salmon Theory from Rob Estreitinho (file under: clarity in the chaos with a cat cartoon)
  5. Love will save the day by Jed Hallam  (file under: music new and old)
  6. Scrapbook Chronicles by the team at Hiut Denim (file under: food for thought)


I’ve challenged myself to read a book a week this year, these are the ones that I’ve recommended the most to friends and family:

  1. The Five: The untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold
  2. Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont by Elizabeth Taylor (not that one)
  3. The Autobiography of Malcom X
  4. Detroit ’67: The year that changed soul by Stuart Cosgrove
  5. The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis (You could, and should, watch the excellent Netflix series. BUT the book is better)


Rather than list a load of albums, check out the ongoing playlists that Murray Calder has compiled in his Lockdown Series . There’s 30-odd and something for everyone from Country to US punk to Japanese Psych. 


Finally, please check out the excellent Isolated Talks created by Giles Edwards and the team at Gasp! So many great speakers have donated a talk including Rory Sutherland, Nicole Yershon, Nick Childs, Vikki Ross and many more. And all for a good cause, The Samaritans.