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Posted by Tom, December 18, 2015

The books that we’re giving (and hoping to receive) this Christmas

In what’s becoming something of a yearly tradition, here are the books that some of us at Nosy Crow are giving (and hoping to receive!) this Christmas. It’s a list that seems to get longer every year – if you’ve left your Christmas shopping to the absolute last minute, there’s sure to be something here that will suit you!


Kate Wilson, Managing Director:

I have bought:

Olga Da Polga Treasury

Little Grey Rabbit Treasury

Judith Kerr Treasury

Blown Away

The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff

The Anti-Boredom Book of Brilliant Things To Do

New Feast x 2

Nigel Slater’s Kitchen Diaries 3

Scotland: A History from Earliest Times

SPQR x 2

The Road to Little Dribbling

Complete Plays of Arthur Miller

Hemmingway in Love

How to be Both

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

Away by Amy Bloom

Gillespie and I by Jane Harris

Jerusalem – Ottolenghi

Cities for People by Jan Gehl

Kill Chain: Drones and the Rise of High-Tech Assassins

And this doesn’t include paperbacks bought for own teenagers as stocking fillers, which I’ve stashed away and forgotten.

And have bought Rob Biddulph print and a We’re Going on a Bear Hunt



Tom Bonnick, Business Development Manager and Commissioning Editor:



I’m giving…

MULTIPLE copies of Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg and the Neapolitan series by Elena Ferrante for various friends and relations

Something secret for my mum (who reads this blog)

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith for my dad (who doesn’t read this blog)

Bizzy Bear: Christmas Helper by Benji Davies and Can You Say it Too? Jingle! Jingle! by Sebastien Braun for my 18-month-old niece, who also doesn’t read this blog


And I’d like to receive…

A Manual for Cleaning women by Lucia Berlin

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

Wilful Disregard by Lena Andersson


Lynsey Walsh, Marketing Executive:


Books I’m giving – 

Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter to supportive sister

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari to friends facing a newly exciting 2016

Autobiography by Morrissey to Smiths loving housemate

List of the Lost by Morrissey to my enemies


Books I’m hoping to receive –

Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

How to be Both by Ali Smith

The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante

Little Girl Lost by Drew Barrymore


Ola Gotkowska, Rights Manager:


I’m giving: 

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (ha!) to my dad, who got The Cuckoo’s Calling last year. Given Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling’s history of writing long series, I think I’ll be set for gifts for my dad for the next few years – score!

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August to my brother – it’s just the right balance of brilliant writing and crazy ideas, and definitely one of the best books that I’ve read this year.


And I’d like to receive: 

EVERYTHING, ALL THE BOOKS! But if that’s a bit excessive, I’ll settle for The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood, The Ecliptic by Benjamin Wood and A Modern Way to Eat by Anna Jones.


Catherine Stokes, Head of Sales and Marketing:


I have bought:

2 copies each of Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf and Polly and the Wolf Again

Railhead by Philip Reeve

Broadside: How we Regained the Ashes

An Eagle in the Snow: Morpurgo

The Churchill Factor: Boris Johnson

A Little Life


And I want:

Nigel Slater : Kitchen Diaries III


Ellie Corbett, Publishing Assistant:


I’ll be giving:

The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan for my dad

The Curious Map Book by Ashley Baynton-Williams for my little brother

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith for my granddad

(Mother and boyfriend both read the blog, so books for them must remain a secret…)


I’m hoping to receive:

A Secret History by Donna Tartt (after Tom and Ola were truly shocked and appalled that I hadn’t read it…)


Kirsty Stansfield, Head of Fiction:



An Island of Our Own by Sally Nicholls

The Door that Led to Where by Sally Gardner

The Glass Sentence by S E Grove

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

We are All Made of Molecules by Susan Nielsen

Hacked by Tracy Alexander

The Cay by Theodore Taylor

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Harry Potter Colouring Book

Lottery Boy by Michael Byrne

Fox Investigates: A Brush with Danger by Adam Frost

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

The Middle of Nowhere by Geraldine McCaughrean

Official Lego Ninjago Annual 2016

New Order by Kevin Cummins


And still the Xbox will win…



The Wit and Wisdom of Gogglebox


Ed Bryan, Head of Apps Development: Creative:


We’ve got these for Tom, Matty and other kids in the family…

Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens

Revenge of the Giant Robot Chickens

Drawing Faces (Usborne Art Ideas)

Usborne: Gardening for Beginners

Altair Design Pattern Postcards

The Spooks Apprentice

Bear Grylls Collection

The Usborne Official Astronauts Handbook

Poo! A History of the World from the Bottom Up

Story of Dr Dolittle

Moomins Collection

Plus a few things that I’m not allowed to know about and a few that Gabrielle’s not allowed to know about.



Kitty Kennedy, Sales and Publicity Assistant:


I am giving:

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman to my mum. I read it completely by accident earlier this year and loved it. Ove reminds me quite a lot of my grandpa, so I think Mum will appreciate it too!

The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley and Noonday by Pat Barker for my dad. Dad can escape from the bleak and desolate stretch of coastline where we live, to the bleak and desolate stretch of coastline in The Loney – behold the power of fiction!


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!


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