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Festive celebrations at Nosy Crow

Posted by Tom on Dec 19, 2014

On Monday the Crow’s Nest underwent its annual transformation (largely thanks to the beautiful – and laws-of-physics-defyingly-long – paper chains made by our design team), in order for us to mark the end of the year with an evening of festive drinks and home-made canapés. It was as lovely an evening as one could imagine, shared with many of our friends: authors, illustrators, agents, booksellers, journalists, librarians, designers, and many more. And here, by popular demand, are some of the photos taken on the night:


Helen Oxenbury, Nosy Crow Head of Picture Books Louise Bolongaro, John Burningham, and Nosy Crow Managing Director Kate Wilson


My Brother is a Superhero author David Solomons and Nosy Crow Editorial Director Camilla Reid


Pip and Posy illustrator Axel Scheffler and Follow that Car illustrator Stephan Lomp


Nosy Crow Fiction Editor Kirsty Stansfield and The Spy Who Loved School Dinners author Pamela Butchart


Literary Assistant Alice Sutherland-Hawes, The Princess and the Peas illustrator Sarah Warburton, Louise Bolongaro, and agent Hilary Delamere


Bizzy Bear illustrator Benji Davies and Superhero Dad author Timothy Knapman


Baby and Me illustrator Emma Dodd, Playbook Castle paper engineer Corina Fletcher, and designer Giselle Gimblett


Kate Wilson and Andy Stanton

A full album of photos will be posted on our Facebook page later today. And from all of us at Nosy Crow, merry Christmas!

My first Crow Christmas

Posted by Sophie Gordon on Dec 18, 2014

With the festive chill of December well and truly in the air, the Crows of Lant Street set out to throw another unforgettable Christmas party. Talk of canape recipes, party playlists, and the all important party decoration idea floated around the office. The Crows were determined to transform their Nest into a magical winter wonderland…

We thought that it would be great if this year, we could fill the office ceiling with sweeping hand made white paper chains. After ordering a heap of paper and double sided tape from our stationery supplier, we were set. Zoe and I headed to Steph’s house in north London, to make our vision into a reality. We arrived at around 6:15, and after spending the first half an hour pecking away at a very festive cheese board, we set down our plates, picked up our scalpels, paper and tape, and got chaining.

We made two difference sizes of paper chains, each made by cutting strips of A3 pieces of paper, rolling them around into circles and securing with double sided tape, after chaining onto the next piece in the chain. We had a wonderful evening and were very pleased with what we had created.

After transporting the paper chains into the office, we hung them the morning of the party and they looked great teamed with our Fairy lights and decorative trees. The party was a huge success, the paper chains looked great, the canapes were delicious and the prosecco was flowing, everybody had a wonderful time.

My first Christmas as Crow was truly magical. Not only does Nosy Crow know how to throw a wonderful Christmas party, we also have a lovely Christmas Lunch, and eat lots of biscuits, chocolate, and of course, delicious cakes throughout the Christmas period.

With Christmas just over a week away, the Christmas spirit has well and truly set in. So from me and all at Nosy Crow, I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas, and that you eat as much cake and chocolate as we have these last few weeks! Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Holiday reading: the books that we'll be giving and receiving this Christmas

Posted by Tom on Dec 17, 2014

This blogpost is becoming something of a yearly (and not terribly imaginative, but that needn’t stop anyone…) tradition: here are some of the books we’re giving (and hoping to receive!) this Christmas. If you’re stuck for ideas, there’s a pretty wide selection here – something for almost everyone.

Imogen Blundell, Head of Operations:

I can’t possibly tell you exactly what I’ve bought in case my family read the blog! I have bought a few cookery books and coffee table type books though. I don’t really have any books that I’m hoping to receive but I have a good idea that I’ll receive a cookery book or two and maybe something to do with DIY! We aren’t big on fiction at Christmas time in my family; it’s all about non-fiction.

Louise Bolongaro, Head of Picture Books and Non-Fiction:

I am very much hoping to receive a copy of Mark Herald’s nature book as I just love looking at it.

Tom Bonnick, Business Development Manager:

As with last year, and echoing Imogen’s concern, I cannot reveal ALL of the books that I’ve bought, because my mother reads this blog. That caveat aside, some of the books I’ll be giving are The Miniaturist, by Jessie Burton (now available as a lovely new edition from Waterstones), Love, Nina, by Nina Stibbe, Letters of Note (which I think I’ll probably be giving as a Christmas present for the rest of my life…), Texts from Jane Eyre, by Mallory Ortberg, Yes Please, by Amy Poehler, Say Cheese: The Original Collection of Cheese Jokes (yes, really), and lots and lots of Bizzy Bear books for my niece. And I would LOVE to receive the new Ottolenghi book, Plenty More, and Probably Nothing, by Matilda Tristram.

Ellie Corbett, Publishing Assistant

Books I’m giving:

Mug Cakes: Ready in Five Minutes in the Microwave, by Lene Knudsen (for my housemate who is a student, and who therefore spends a lot of time thinking about adventurous things to do with a microwave)

Are Men Obsolete? by Caitlin Moran, Camille Paglia, Hanna Rosin and Maureen Dowd

The Things that Nobody Knows: 501 Mysteries of Life, the Universe and Everything, by William Hartston

And I can’t really mention any more presents, because since I got the job, my parents have been religious Nosy Crow blog readers, and I don’t want to ruin any surprises!

Books I’m hoping to get:

Not That Kind of Girl, by Lena Dunham

Letters to a Friend, by Diana Athill

The Miniaturist, by Jessie Burton (I know, I’m so late to the party)

Victoria England, Assistant Editor:

This year I will be giving the Timeout Cycle London guide to an avid city cyclist, and for someone who has only read one book this year (The Cuckoo’s Calling), I will be gift-wrapping them a copy of The Silkworm. I am hoping to receive the luminous Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers.

Dom Kingston, Head of Publicity:

Getting-wise, I want some books on hen-care because I’m GETTING MY CHICKENS THIS SPRING! I can’t wait! And that biography about Princess Louise (Queen Victoria’s ‘fast’ daughter) is out in PB, so I’ve dropped some heavy hints about that.

Giving-wise my mum finds reading hard after her stroke, so I’m getting her a set of ‘Mapp & Lucia’ and C.J. Sansom audiobooks.

Kirsty Stansfield, Fiction Editor:

Books I am giving:

Molesworth
Does My Goldfish Know Who I am?
How to Write Everything/David Quantick
How to Draw Animals
Top Gear sticker book (sorry)
Fluff the Farting Fish

Books I want:

That one by Amy Poehler
Something like The Goldfinch – any suggestions?

Ruth Symons, Editor:

I have asked for The Miniaturist. I’m giving some Paddington as I was raised on it (I love that bear), some Monsieur Pamplemousse (carrying on the Michael Bond theme), and The Empty Stocking by Richard Curtis and Rebecca Cobb (along with plenty of Nosy Crow books, of course).

I’m also giving a few not very exciting non-fiction books for my in-laws including Tiny Stations for my train loving father-in-law, I Never Knew That About England’s Country Churches and some of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year books too.

Kate Wilson, Managing Director:

I have bought so many books it is ridiculous, as always.

The books I have bought for children are:

Animalium by Jenny Broom
A Year of Stories and Things To Do by Shirley Hughes
A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies
The Big Book Of Beautiful Babies by David Elwand
Paul Smith for Richard Scarry Cars and Trucks and Things That Go

For my own teenagers’ stockings I have bought:

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
… and I know I have picked up other stuff over the year that I will discover in the Secret Present Box

For grown-ups I have bought:

London: The Information Capital: 100 Maps and graphics that will change how you live (3 copies)
Talking to Terrorists by Jonathan Powell
Hack Attack by Nick Davies
Moranthology (4 copies)
Persiana by Sabrina Ghayour

For me, I have bought Listen to Your Child which is about young children’s language development, something I find absolutely fascinating and which is useful professionally. This adds to a collection of print books and ebooks that I will be hoping to get through this Christmas.

I am pretty sure there are more…

We’d love to hear the books that you’re giving (and hoping to receive) this Christmas – do let us know in the comments underneath this post!