Reasons to be Cheerful (Hardback)Nina Stibbe (author)
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Proving why she’s so often described as the heir to Sue Townsend, Nina Stibbe triumphs in a very funny novel of growing pains set amidst the bright(ish) lights of 1980’s Leicester. Caught between the demands of an irascible, racist dentist with the bedside manner of Dr. Crippen, her shoplifting, alcoholic mother and a boyfriend more interested in ornithology than foreplay, 18-year-old Lizzie soon finds herself wondering if adult life might not be all it’s cracked up to be. Wickedly funny, bittersweet and with shades of Barbara Pym and Jane Austen in its wry observance of everyday life, this is a glorious breath of fresh air.
When people in the village heard I was about to start working in the city they tried to unsettle me with tales of woe. The sun, blotted out by the tall buildings, couldn't shine and the rain was poisoned by the toxic fumes that poured from the sock factories. My skin would be covered in pimples from the hell of it all.
So begins a young woman's journey to adulthood. Lizzie Vogel leaves her alcoholic, novel-writing mother and heads for Leicester to work for a racist, barely competent dentist obsessed with joining the freemasons.
Soon Lizzie is heading reluctantly, if at top speed, into the murky depths of adult life: where her driving instructor becomes her best friend; her first boyfriend prefers birdwatching to sex and where independence for a teenage girl might just be another word for loneliness.
In Reasons to Be Cheerful Nina Stibbe shows her extraordinary gift for illuminating the vital details which make us human. She is that rare writer who makes us laugh whilst reminding us of the joy, and the pain, of being alive.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 338 g
Dimensions: 204 x 138 x 25 mm
'The true heir to Sue Townsend.' - Caitlin Moran
'Stibbe is a terrific writer with a gift for sharp dialogue.' - The Evening Standard
'I'm not surprised to see that Stibbe's writing has been compared to Jane Austen's.' - Emma Healey
'She captures exactly what it's like to be a teenager, with all its contradictions, confusions, anxieties and ambitions.' - The i
'The funniest new writer to arrive in years.' - Andrew O'Hagan
'Stibbe is herself becoming a worthy successor to Pym.' - The Financial Times
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“Quirky, sharp and funny!”
3.5* It was a clever idea. This is my first book by Nina Stibbe. I liked Lizzie as a character, my phobia of dentists didn’t help. But I certainly found this an amusing read. Not laugh out loud but easygoing and would... More
“Funny and poignant”
I was sent a copy of Reasons to be Cheerful by Nina Stibbe to read and review by NetGalley.
Another brilliant novel from Nina Stibbe! Funny (laugh out loud at times) and poignant it tells the story of protagonist... More
At last, a book that is marketed as being funny that actually made me laugh! The story fizzes along with some unbelievable dentistry and uncomfortable 80s nostalgia thrown into the mix, but Ms Stibbe also makes us... More
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