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What the Nanny Saw by Fiona Neill

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When Ali Sparrow answers Bryony Skinner's advertisement for a nanny, her life changes in a heartbeat. Everything is overwhelming to begin with, looking after twins who speak their own language, to a teenager with weight issues and a son almost her own age. Familial tensions, secrets and scandals she shouldn't be hearing abound but when she has to take sides which side will it be?

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What the Nanny Saw by Fiona Neill

Modern day Mary Poppins required to take care of needs of busy professional London family When Ali Sparrow answers Bryony Skinner's advertisement for a nanny, her life changes in a heartbeat. At first everything is overwhelming, from twins who speak their own language, to a teenager with weight issues and a son almost her own age. And of course Bryony - oozing privilege thanks to a millionaire father, high-flying husband and her own dazzling career - has a beady eye that focuses on Ali's failings. But as Ali becomes increasingly indispensable, she realises she's the wallpaper no one notices anymore, which means she's witness to things she probably shouldn't see. So when a scandal erupts that suggests something corrupt has been hatched behind the Skinners' flawless front door, who is better placed than Ali to tell all? But where do her loyalties lie? To the family she ran away from - or the family of strangers who took her in?


So well-written, with such believable and engaging characters, it was an absolute joy to read * Daily Mail * Packed with observations of wince-making accuracy . . . Superb entertainment * The Times * Neill's characters are so cleverly depicted, you feel as if you've met at least one of them before * Vogue * Praise for Fiona Neill * - * Vivid and insightful * Guardian * A novel made for heated book club debates * Stylist * Topical, tense and addictive * Good Housekeeping * No one writes about modern family with more truth and authenticity -- Lisa Jewell Stands out from the crowd * Grazia * Sometimes touching, sometimes shocking * Daily Mail * Raises all kinds of contemporary issues with wit and sensitivity * Times * Cracking * Prima * Engrossing * My Weekly * Utterly unputdownable -- Helen Walsh Incisive, smart and at times darkly funny -- Gillian McAllister Astonishingly powerful -- Nicola Moriarty Brilliantly observed * Kathryn Hughes *

About the Author

Fiona Neill

Fiona Neill is a novelist and journalist. Her first novel, The Secret Life of a Slummy Mummy, based on her hugely popular column in The Times, was widely acclaimed and went on to become a Sunday Times bestseller that sold in twenty-five countries. She lives with her family in North London.

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Publication date

1st August 2011


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Penguin Books Ltd


560 pages


Relationship Stories
Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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