Reasons to be Cheerful (Paperback)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.
Winner of the Comedy Women in Print Prize 2020
Winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction 2019
'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
'Pitch perfect vintage comedy' - The Guardian
'Lives up to its title' - The 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' - The 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' - The 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
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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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