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We believe businesses have a responsibility to use their skills and reach to help the world, as well as make a profit. That's why we support two fantastic charities, One Tree Planted and Book Aid International. Every subscription plants a tree and donates a book, allowing us to support climate change action and education across the world.
Depending on your order, we may need to protect your order with a mailer bag. We are currently working on transitioning from a recycled, biodegradable plastic to a plant-based, compostable material for this.
Ben leads the day to day operations of How Novel, as well as the overall strategic direction of the company. Who exactly first came up with the idea for our Mystery Books is still disputed but, as his profile is listed first, he would like to take this opportunity to confirm it was his idea.
His favourite book is The Tattooist of Auschwitz.
Jess is How Novel's lead artist, responsible for each of the gorgeous illustrations on the front of each Mystery Book. She is also heavily involved in the operational side of How Novel. She would like to take this opportunity to confirm it was definitely her idea, and not Ben's.
Her favourite book is A Good Girl's Guide to Murder.
Becky heads up all things community here at How Novel - which is a lot! This means you're most likely to find her in the forum, replying to your DM on Instagram or thinking of new ways to engage our incredible community. She also leads on partnerships with big name brands like Not On The High Street.
Her favourite book is Amazing Disgrace by Grace Campbell
Nicole is our social media guru, responsible for the day to day output on our social media channels, as well as engaging with the Bookstagram community and our first ever employee!
Her favourite book is Red, White and Royal Blue
Eleanor is our wrapping machine! It is almost guaranteed that Ellie has been involved in at least one stage of preparing your box whether that be wrapping it, writing your notecard or just about anything else.
Stanley (a.k.a Ben's grandpa; they also have matching hats) is, and always will be, our 'employee' of the month (having this mentioned was one of his conditions for helping out!). Until recently, as we have been struggling to find a supplier due to Brexit, he has been hand guillotining our kraft paper to size- all at the grand old age of 83! He is now taking a well deserved break, and 'overseeing' production from his armchair!
His favourite thing to read is his newspaper.