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Staff Profile – Jonathan

Margaret Roberts

Jonathan
Jonathan

Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Jonathan Dunbar and I am responsible for Production and Logistics and I try to help a bit with some sales and marketing projects.

What is your favourite thing about what you do?

Seeing a book project develop and the finished book arrive in the office, and then seeing people buy and appreciate the book.

What is one thing about you that other people think is unusual?

I’ve learned not to ask, but if someone else wants to answer for me I don’t mind.

What are your three favourite CFP books?

The visitor book as we’ve had many people visit our office from far–away places over the years.

When coming up with a new project we often get printers to make dummy books. I love these as they are always for something that is a bit different and new for us. Now for the three books with a two for one included.

This year my favourite books have been God’s Timeline and Acts; A Visual Guide, both of which are books that are a little bit different to everything else out there. I enjoy reading biography and find our Trail Blazer series for tweens a great short intro to the person. They don’t take long to read and aren’t heavy going. So my third choice is two books George Muller; The Children’s Champion from our Trail Blazers and George Muller: Delighted in God from our History Makers.

Do you have any interesting tales to tell about your time at CFP?

There used to be a series of small trade shows in the USA in January where around 40 publishers sold books to a hundred or so bookshops in a hotel function suite. I saw 2 older ladies at one show working their way faithfully round the stands with one pushing the other in a wheelchair. They came round to my booth after lunch at which point they appeared to have switched places. It turned out that they found it a long tiring day so they took half the day each in the chair!

Is there something you wish people would stop asking you?

Have you published any books lately?

What is your favourite verse?

I always come back to John 3:16.

What was the last book you read for fun?

Around the World in 80 Days twice! I read the original work by Jules Verne which is well worth a read. I followed it up by reading Mark Beaumont’s same titled book which is an account of him cycling round the world in 80 days.

What is the best thing about working in the Highlands of Scotland?

The scenery and space as well as the people.

Is there anything we should know about you that hasn’t already been asked?

I’ve an interest in classic cars and enjoy playing the guitar.

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