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The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

by Abbi Waxman

Relationship Stories Modern and Contemporary Fiction Family Drama Feel-Good Fiction Humorous fiction Literary Fiction

LoveReading Expert Review of The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

Bouncing with charm and the quirks of its literature-obsessed lead, this feel-good tale of book love, romantic love and newfound-family-love is a refreshingly breezy, funny read.

Abbi Waxman’s The Bookish Life of Nina Hill will raise many smiles as it follows twenty-nine-year-old Nina’s journey from self-contained bookworm to open book (pun entirely intended).

LA resident Nina is perfectly happy with her life, thank you very much. She loves working in a bookstore, loves her cat Phil, loves excelling at quiz nights and loves how organised her life is. Yet “she had a niggling suspicion she was underperforming in some way. Surely her purpose in life wasn’t simply to read as many books as possible?” And she’s also aware that “the trivia, the reading, the book club... they were simply weapons of self-defense.” These niggles escalate when Nina’s regimentally planned life is disrupted by falling for a member of an opposition quiz team, and discovering a huge new family when the father she never knew passes away and leaves her something in his will. Suddenly – horrors of horrors! – Nina is forced to interact with a whole bunch of strangers, but to her surprise she discovers she actually likes spending time with other people, and that maybe – just maybe – she does have space in her life for a significant other. 

Truly a treat for bibliophiles who’ll nod knowingly at Nina’s devotion to reading, her complex home library cataloguing system, her observation that “coming out of a book was always painful”, this is also excellent on female camaraderie, anxiety and the complexities of family bonds. Awash with whimsy and peppered with amusing asides addressed to the reader, this is romantic fiction at its feel-good, funny, outlandish best.

Explore our '80+ Books That Deliver a Hug' listicle for more feel-good or uplifting books.

Joanne Owen

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill Synopsis

Comedy Women in Print Prize 2020 Shortlist

Abbi Waxman's charming novel follows introvert and bookworm Nina Hill as she discovers if real life can ever live up to fiction... Perfect for fans of Lucy Diamond and Maria Semple.

Meet Nina Hill: A young woman supremely confident in her own. . . shell.

Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, an excellent trivia team and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book.

So when the father she never knew existed dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! She'll have to Speak. To. Strangers.

And if that wasn't enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny and interested in getting to know her...

It's time for Nina to turn her own fresh page, and find out if real life can ever live up to fiction. . .

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781472266217
Publication date: 9th July 2019
Author: Abbi Waxman
Publisher: Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Collections: 80+ Books That Deliver a Hug , 80+ Humorous Novels - from Wry and Sly Observations to Outright Chuckles and Laughter.,
Primary Genre Relationship Stories
Other Genres:
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Abbi Waxman Press Reviews

Cosy, life-affirming read - Cathy Hopkins, author of The Kicking the Bucket List

The Garden of Small Beginnings is a quirky, funny, and deeply thoughtful book. . . . We're already dying to know if there will be a sequel - HelloGiggles on The Garden of Small Beginnings

Waxman has given us a grow bag full of emotion - witty, uplifting and unashamedly honest - Heidi Swain, Sunday Times bestselling author of Summer at Skylark Farm

Abbi Waxman is both irreverent and thoughtful - #1 New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin

Like a conversation with the funniest person you know - just lovely - Katie Fforde

A funny and uplifting debut novel - Good Housekeeping

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ISBN: 9781528872355
Publication date: 11/07/2019
Format: CD-Audio

ISBN: 9781472266217
Publication date: 09/07/2019
Format: Paperback

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About Abbi Waxman

ABBI WAXMAN is a chocolate-loving, dog-loving woman, who lives in Los Angeles and lies down as much as possible. She worked in advertising for many years, which is how she learned to write fiction. She has three daughters, two dogs, three cats, six chickens, two guinea pigs and one very patient husband. I Was Told it Would Get Easier is Abbi's fourth novel. Her previous books are The Garden of Small Beginnings, Other People's Houses and The Bookish Life of Nina Hill. You can keep in touch with Abbi through her website, or on Instagram @abbiwaxman

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