About Us

One Third Stories was founded by Alex Somervell and Jonny Pryn, two best friends who had two very different experiences of learning languages growing up.

Jonny

Editor in chief.

Long-distance walker.

Bookshop browser.

Cafe connoisseur.

Alex

Linguist in residence.

Undiscovered artiste.

Chatterbox.

Social butterfly.

Alex spent much of his childhood in Paraguay, raised bilingual in English and Spanish. For Alex, languages have always been accessible and fun, and he’s now in the process of learning his fifth language.

Jonny, however, hated languages. He received a quintessentially British language education at school: dense, grammar-heavy textbooks that sucked the joy out of the whole experience. He would ask his parents for help, but unfortunately they had had the same experience too.

One thing that Jonny did have a passion for, though, was stories. So he and Alex hatched a plan. They would combine Alex’s linguistic know-how with Jonny’s love of literature, and embark on a mission to make sure that kids everywhere have the chance to grow up bilingual. The plan? To put another language on every child’s bookshelf, and use the magic of storytelling to make kids fall in love with learning languages. One Third Stories was born!

Today, Alex and Jonny run One Third Stories from a coworking space in East London, surrounded by plants and good coffee. Want to stop by and say hello? Get in touch here.