ABOUT

Hello! My name is Saskia Nickles. I'm a copy editor and writer working and living in Munich with my husband Ralph and our two boys. Fine Fine Books is the place for me to keep all the mostly illustrated books and publications I find on my way. I’m lucky to have an eye for fine books and love to share my favorites. Though I'm reading a lot of pages every day (and I do so with pleasure), this blog is mainly about pictures. 

Since graduating in communication science at University of Munich, I've worked for publishing houses like C. H. Beck and Gräfe und Unzer. In 2002, I started working as a freelancer for advertising and marketing agencies as well as publishers like GU, Kochan & Partner, Herrwerth + Partner, iPUBLISH. I'm available for freelance work. Please email me at finefinebooks@gmx.com. Please note that I copy edit only in German.


If you want to know a little more about me, I answered some questions at Cinzia Ruggieri's blog

CR: From where does your passion for images originate?

SN: I’m a very visual person. When I spot a picture book I have to browse it. I’m attracted to images in a very strong way. I came from a very bibliophile family and I remember me as a little girl sitting in my father’s home office filled to the ceiling with history books, novels, encyclopedias and picture books. So this might have been the beginning of my passion ...

CR: In a world where images are overwhelming, through your blog you show a very fine taste in your choices. Which are your criteria when selecting images?

SN: On my blog I only show images I really like. This is the only fixed criterion and this also was the main reason for me to launch a blog about picture books. I just wanted to have a nice place for all the books and magazines I found and like. I think they contain all too beautiful pages just to store them away on a bookshelf or harddisk. When I’m asked to analyze what I like I can say I like patterns and colours, and I like old book style from the 1950s to the 1970s. I also appreciate a good binding and printing. I don’t like gender determined books with pink and glitter for girls and blue for boys. I always prefer the weird and off beat books to the mainstream brand named ones.

CR: Which elements affect you most in a magazine?

SN: The paper quality differs a lot. So it is a real plus for a magazine if it has good paper (though it is pricier). And the typo plays an important role. But please don’t think I just read well designed magazines, I also enjoy common fashion or interior design magazines.

CR: How do you choose a picture book for a review? What is more important for you, the images or the story?  

SN: First of all I look for the images, because my blog is mainly about pictures. If the illustrations are great, I showcase the book even if I don’t understand a word of the story which is maybe written in Italian or Portuguese. Most of the books I share are in German or English however; among those, I prefer the ones with a narrator. In lots of children’s books almost everything is told in direct speech, this can sometimes be a bit annoying in my opinion. Concerning the relationship between text and images it’s always fine when the words are an integral part and shape of the layout.

CR: Do you think that picture books play a special role in children’s growth, and if yes, which ones in particular?

SN: Almost all timeless classic children’s books leave space to let the imagination roam, think of the books by, e.g., Maurice Sendak, Bruno Munari and Leo Lionni. What could be better? And also beyond that, children do learn so much from books of course. I personally love to watch and read books together with my children. These are often the only really peaceful and intimate moments of so many busy days.

CR: What are your favorite picture books, and why?

SN: First there are the children’s books I know already from my own childhood, like Maurice Sendak’s „Where The Wild Things Are“, Eric Carle’s „The Very Hungry Caterpillar“ and Leo Lionni’s „Swimmy“. I still remember the feeling how it was to look at some of the pictures as a child. Now there are many more books I love of course. First of all I admire the books by Portuguese publisher Planeta Tangerina. I think the pop-up books by Anouck Boisrobert/Louis Rigaud and Jean-Luc Fromental/Joelle Jolivet are all fantastic. I like the funny picture books by Eva Janikovszky/László Réber, and the Olle Eksell monograph by Pie Books, Marimekko’s „In pattern“, the Paumes books when it comes to photography. There are so many ...

CR: What strikes you most in the work of an artist and what are your favorite artists at the moment?

SN: lllustrators Katrin Stangl, Bernardo Carvalho, Franziska Neubert and Carson Ellis, artist/designer Elisabeth Dunker. I like the work of Karen Barbé, the lino-cutting by Joelle Jolivet and last week I came across the tapestry and illustrations of Hannah Waldron which are amazing. They all have a very unique style and are kind of brave in doing what they do.

CR: You are a copy editor, a blogger and a mum of two little boys, how do you combine all that in your daily life?

SN: I work as a freelancer, so there are months where I have a bigger job and it’s kind of a juggle for me to manage everything. But normally I can handle it quite good. My kids are both in the kindergarden till 4 o’ clock. So I can work till 3 before I pick them up. I normally post twice a week on my blog, but if times are busy I leave that out. At the moment I copy edit short stories and work for an CI/CD agency based in Munich.



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