Reasons to be Cheerful (Paperback)Nina Stibbe (author)
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Winner of the 2019 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction
'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: 202 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm
Lives up to its title * Sunday Times *
My friends, you will UTTERLY ADORE Nina Stibbe's latest novel Reasons To Be Cheerful . . .It is SO SO funny, charming, odd-in-the-best-way and gorgeously uplifting! A delight from start to finish -- Marian Keyes
Stibbe's comedy probes what it means to become an adult, and how we form our financial, sexual, moral and political selves* Daily Telegraph *
So dense with amusing detail that I thought about holding the book upside down to see if any extra funny bits might spill from the creases between the page * New York Times *
I read all of Reasons To Be Cheerful last night in one GLORIOUS gulp and it's SUCH a joy - Nina Stibbe turns out more perfect, sharp, unique sentences than anyone else in the game. It just CARTWHEELS -- Caitlin Moran
If you loved Adrian Mole you'll adore Lizzie Vogel . . . quirky and witty, it also packs an emotional punch * Sun *
Comedy gold . . . Reasons To Be Cheerful is just the read you need right now, seamlessly weaving together the big themes of life with charm and warmth * Stylist *
Reasons to be Cheerful's tone has been compared to Sue Townsend's but I could haul in Alan Bennett, Barbara Pym and even Jane Austen . . . she writes brilliantly * The Times *
The true heir to Sue Townsend -- Caitlin Moran
Full of comedy, but with moving themes of loss and grief, it's an utterly charming coming of age story. A reason to be cheerful indeed * Sunday Mirror *
A joyfully meandering, episodic novel that probes what it means to become an adult * Daily Telegraph *
Very few writers can find the delicate balance between heartbreak and hilarity like Nina Stibbe * Red Magazine *
This made me laugh and broke my heart, it's a gorgeous, profound, tender book about growing up and discovering that other humans are charming, obnoxious, enlightening and odd. I think Stibbe is one of the all time greats -- Daisy Buchanan
Funny, charming, odd-in-the-best-way and gorgeously uplifting! A delight from start to finish -- Marian Keyes
'Nina Stibbe is an author of such effortless wit that she could turn a shopping list into a bestseller' -- Isabelle Broom * Women and Home *
Loved it! I so love Lizzie. She is brave and kind and funny and totally original . . . I couldn't have liked it more (as I think Noel Coward said.) -- Katie Fforde
A wonderfully funny novel . . . Nina Stibbe is still on sparkling form. * Oldie *
There's a strong Sue Townsend/Alan Bennett flavour to it all . . . funny and sweet * Daily Mail *
An idiosyncratic, bittersweet coming-of-age tale that certainly justifies its title * Kirkus *
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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
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
“Dry and Delightful”
A charming story of growing up in 1980s England, with a fantastically dry, subtle sense of humour - I found myself rereading so many passages! Lizzie herself is a fantastically real, relatable character - although she... More
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