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Love, Nina Despatches from Family Life

by Nina Stibbe

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January 2015 Guest Editor Harriet Evans on Love, Nina...

I need a book that gives me a warm safe glow come winter and this is that book. It is genuinely hilarious. I don’t know anyone else who has quite the same turn of phrase, sharp and surreal at the same time. It’s a series of letters written by Nina Stibbe to her sister when she was a nanny for a family in North London in the Eighties. People like Alan Bennett pop round for tea and bring casseroles. The devil is all in the detail and it’s just wonderful, you can open any page on any letter and be smiling seconds later.

 

Winner of the Non-Fiction Book of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014.

In 1982 Nina Stibbe, a 20-year-old from Leicester, moved to London to work as a nanny for a very particular family. It was a perfect match: Nina had no idea how to cook, look after children or who the weirdos were who called round.

Love, Nina Despatches from Family Life Synopsis

Winner of the Non-Fiction Book of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014.

Love, Nina: Despatches from Family Life by Nina Stibbe is the laugh-out-loud story of the trials and tribulations of a very particular family. In 1982 Nina Stibbe, a 20-year-old from Leicester, moved to London to work as a nanny for a very particular family. It was a perfect match: Nina had no idea how to cook, look after children or who the weirdos were who called round. And the family, busy discussing such arcane subjects as how to swear in German or the merits (or otherwise) of turkey mince, were delighted by her lack of skills. Love, Nina is the collection of letters she wrote home gloriously describing her 'domestic' life, the unpredictable houseguests and the cat everyone loved to hate.

The Good Book Guide Review

In 1982 Nina Stibbe went to work as nanny for a wealthy family in London, taking care of two canny young boys and theoretically being burdened with other duties that she studiously avoided. Her book is based on letters she sent to her sister Vic and is frothy and fun, filled with name-dropping and wry asides that say much about life in a privileged household. The effervescent result is great social commentary.

Love, Nina Despatches from Family Life Press Reviews

'I adored this book, and could quote from it forever. It's real, odd, life-affirming, sharp, loving, and contains more than one reference to Arsenal FC' -- Nick Hornby

 

'The Believer Last year, we had Roger Mortimer's splendidly bufferish Dear Lupin: Letters to a Wayward Son. Love, Nina - funny, quirky, vivid and touching - is every bit its equal' Daily Mail (Book of the Week)

 

'I loved this book. What a beady eye she has for domestic life, and how deliciously fresh and funny she is - a real discovery.' -- Deborah Moggach, author of 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel


'Breezy, sophisticated, hilarious, rude and aching with sweetness: Love, Nina might be the most charming book I've ever read' -- Maria Semple, author of 'Where'd You Go, Bernadette

 

'Funny, warm, life-affirming and accutely well-observed, Love, Nina is a gift that will keep on giving ... A hoot' Metro

 

'The snippets of dialogue and vingettes evoke the characters and atmosphere brilliantly ... Funny, sharp' Evening Standard

 

'Even if Adrian Mole wrote about the Primrose Hill set, it wouldn't be as funny and absorbing as Love, Nina' Psychologies

 

'Like a 1980s Mary Poppins with a sense of humour' Stylist

 

'The funniest new writer to arrive in years' -- Andrew O'Hagan

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ISBN: 9780241965092
Publication date: 27/02/2014
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241965092
Publication date: 27th February 2014
Author: Nina Stibbe
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites,
Categories: Diaries, letters & journals,

About Nina Stibbe

Nina Stibbe grew up in Leicestershire before moving to London in the 1980s. She is the author of the massively acclaimed Love, Nina, and lives with her partner and children in Cornwall.   Author photo © Rebecca Dawe

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