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Love, Nina: Despatches from Family Life (Paperback)
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Love, Nina: Despatches from Family Life (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 27/02/2014
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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.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241965092
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 245 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm


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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
Adrian Mole meets Mary Poppins mashed up in literary north London . . . Enormous fun * Bookseller *

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“Very readable, down-to-earth and fun!”

This book consists of letters written by a young nanny to her sister, detailing her experiences with the first family to which she was appointed. She shares snippets of dialogue, parts of her routine, her... More

Hardback edition
22nd April 2014
Helpful? Upvote 52

“Brilliant read”

After reading this book, you will immediately miss Nina, MK and especially the two boys. This book allows you to dive into 80s London and become part of a rather mixed and at times bizarre group. It is a book that... More

Paperback edition
9th August 2014
Helpful? Upvote 28

“Sharp and Sweet”

I know, I know. You should never judge a book by its cover. But I do. I've found that most pink-coloured books aren't really my cup of tea. Likewise black ones with gold or silver embossed writing. And this... More

Hardback edition
16th May 2014
Helpful? Upvote 28

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