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Man at the Helm (Hardback)
  • Man at the Helm (Hardback)

Man at the Helm (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 28/08/2014
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Nominated For The 2014 National Book Awards Audiobook Of The Year. Man at the Helm, the debut novel from Nina Stibbe - the much-loved author of Love, Nina - is a wildly comic, brilliantly sharp-eyed novel about the horrors of being an attractive divorcee in an English village in the 1970s, and a family's fall from grace...My sister and I and our little brother were born (in that order) into a very good situation and apart from the odd new thing life was humdrum and comfortable until an evening in 1970 when my mother listened in to my father's phone call and ended up blowing her nose on a tea towel - a thing she'd only have done in an absolute emergency. Not long after her parents' separation, heralded by an awkward scene involving a wet Daily Telegraph and a pan of cold eggs, nine-year-old Lizzie Vogel, her sister and little brother and their now divorcee mother are packed off to a small, slightly hostile village in the English countryside. Their mother is all alone, only thirty-one years of age, with three young children and a Labrador. It is no wonder, when you put it like that, that she becomes a menace and a drunk. And a playwright. Worried about the bad playwriting - though more about becoming wards of court and being sent to the infamous Crescent Home for Children - Lizzie and her sister decide to contact, by letter, suitable men in the area. In order to stave off the local social worker they urgently need to find a new Man at the Helm. "All hail a book that's funny!" (Barbara Trapido). "[A] joyous read, full of wit and charm...I am already longing for Nina Stibbe's next book." (Observer). "Nine-year-old Lizzie (our narrator) is the perfect conduit for her creator, just the right mixture of childhood innocence and incredulity for the necessary deadpan delivery of Stibbe's particular brand of comedy. Read it and be charmed." (Independent). "A beguilingly comic blend of naivety and precociousness." (Sunday Times).

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241003152

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“Easy to read”

I wanted this to be so much more. It was an easy read but not enough was happening. It was a lovely idea for a book. The story unfolds through the eyes of the daughter who feels village life would be more excepting of... More

16th July 2014
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“Light hearted fun”

A nice quirky tale of a family who lose the man in their life resulting in the children thinking that they will have to help their mum find a new one! This is the first real novel from the pen of Nina Stibbe, although... More

25th July 2014
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“A happy, funny, touching book”

Lizzie, her elder sister, little brother Jack, Mother and their Labrador Debbie all have to move out of their family home and go to live in the unwelcoming countryside.
Mother and father are divorcing and everything... More

28th July 2014
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