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Hey everybody! Meet Yasmin!

Please welcome another newbie to the Social Media team at Oxford University Press, Yasmin Coonjah, who joined the gang in May 2015 as an OUPblog Deputy Editor and Social Media Marketing Assistant!

What’s the most surprising thing about working at OUP?

Probably how big the company is and how many sub-divisions in each department. I didn’t expect there to be so many but it’s not intimidating at all. And that there’s a gym on site, the range of facilities never cease to amaze me.

What is your favourite book?

It’s always changing with the more I read. At the moment it’s a tie between The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams and Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Both very funny books and shouldn’t be read in public for fear of looking like a giggling idiot.

What are you reading right now?

I’m reading two at the moment; The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman and New Media: The Key Concepts by David Beer and Nicolas Gane.

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Yasmin Coonjah

If you didn’t work in publishing what would you be doing?

Either writing scripts, arts marketing, or a professional box-set binge watcher (what do you mean that doesn’t exist?)

Open the book you’re currently reading and turn to page 78. Tell us the title of the book, and the third sentence on that page.

“I loved the house, and the garden. I loved the rambling shabbiness of it.” (The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman)

What is your favourite word?

Sesquipedalian. It’s a long word for long words.

What drew you to work for OUP in the first place? 

The name alone, to have the opportunity to work “behind-the-scenes” and to be surrounded by books.

What’s the first thing you do when you get to work in the morning?

Check my emails and then head downstairs to grab coffee, because as I have learnt the hard way it’s hard to be productive without caffeine.

What is the strangest thing currently on or in your desk?

I recently bought these two little guys to put on my desk, I don’t know about strange but they’re certainly cute!

Jon Snow and Thor pop vinyl figures. Photo by Yasmin Coonjah
Jon Snow and Thor pop vinyl figures. Photo by Yasmin Coonjah

Most obscure talent or hobby?

When the first Harry Potter film came out when I was eight, I watched it so much I was able to recite the film word for word….

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