Love, Nina

Love, Nina : Despatches from Family Life

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* * * WINNER OF THE 2014 NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS POPULAR NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR * * *Love, Nina: Despatches from Family Life by Nina Stibbe is the laugh-out-loud story of the trials and tribulations of a very particular familyIn 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. 'I adored this book and could quote from it forever' Nick Hornby'Funny and sharp: no book this year has made me laugh more' John Lanchester, Guardian''The funniest book I've read in ages' Sunday Times'An unassuming comic genius' Independent
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 28mm | 339.99g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0241965098
  • 9780241965092
  • 19,541

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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 * This is the funniest book I've read in ages, a complete treat * Sunday Times * Nina has an ear for dialogue that would not disgrace Pinter (though her dialogue is pacier) * Observer * This is by far the funniest, most genuinely heart-warming account of the everyday I've read. Stibbe is an unassuming comic genius * Independent * Stibbe is a native genius in the form * Guardian * Absolutely lovely . . . Do read this: it's hilarious and will make you happy as the nights get darker * Emerald Street * In the end, what we take away is simply the art of writing a stonking good letter * Mail on Sunday * Love, Nina is suffused with as much warmth as it is with wit, the kind of book you find yourself reading out to whoever is within earshot. It deserves to be the left-field breakout hit of the year * Sunday Express * A real life-enhancer of a book . . . Hysterically funny -- India Knight Very, very funny * BBC Radio 2 * Stibbe has a knack for recounting dialogue, and Alan Bennett's discussions with the children are priceless -- Libby Purves * The Times * A cross between Adrian Mole and I Capture the Castle * Irish Times * Very funny and sharp -- Stephen Frears * Guardian 'Books of the Year' * Funny and sharp and has a distinctive streak of wildness: no book this year has made me laugh more -- John Lanchester * Guardian 'Books of the Year' * Addictively funny -- Rachel Johnson For Christmas I'm hoping for Nina Stibbe's Love, Nina -- Catherine O'Flynn * Observer 'Books of the Year' * Her letters home to her sister are suffused with an air of wide-eyed mischief -- Molly Guiness * Spectator 'Books of the Year' * Gentle and sharp, the book is full of terrible food and great insights on subjects ranging from hidden rubbish bins (good) to Geoffrey Chaucer (bad) -- Lucy Kellway * FT 'Books of the Year' * This collection of letters to Stibbe's sister is a hilarious portrait of the London literati by a naive yet comically gifted correspondent -- Emily Stokes * FT 'Books of the Year' * Full of wry humour, the book is charming, warm-hearted and gently but irresistibly funny -- Andrew Holgate * Sunday Times 'Books of the Year' * So fleet is Stibbe's turn of phrase and so sharp her ear for dialogue that . . . I doubt there has been a more sparkling collection of letters published * New Statesman * Love, Nina collects her hilarious letters home to Leicester * YOU Magazine 'Books of the Year' * Stibbe is an acute observer of human foibles, and this is the funniest collection of letters since Roger Mortimer's Dear Lupin * Mail on Sunday 'Books of the Year' * There's something irresistible about Nina's wide-eyed naughtiness * Spectator * Properly heartwarming * Financial Times * A hoot. Her funny and well-observed letters offer a slice of 1980s life -- Patricia Nicol * Evening Standard 'Books of the Year' * Wonderful and genuinely hilarious. An extremely honest and affectionate account of some extraordinary people -- Mark Williams I would urge anyone who's feeling sad to read Love, Nina. Nina already feels like my best friend. It's DELIGHTFUL -- Marian Keyes Loved loved loved Love, Nina - possibly the funniest book ever. Absolutely brilliant. Am still chortling to self -- Gill Hornby Each letter is a perfect insightful little gem and Nina has a dagger-sharp ear for dialogue. I honestly felt like my best friend had emigrated when I had to put this book down at the end -- Lisa Jewell I can't remember a book since Adrian Mole that so brilliantly, drily nailed day-to-day life in BRILLIANT, faux-naive prose -- Caitlin Moran Amazingly funny * Times Magazine * Observant, funny, terse, at times a bit rude . . . These letters are winning from the start * New York Times * [Stibbe] has a flair for deadpan understatement reminiscent of Helen Fielding's. You'll find yourself laughing out loud but also touched by the book's depiction of family as it should be * People Magazine * If your safe place is an English person writing a funny letter (it's mine) then read Love, Nina -- Lena Dunham
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About Nina Stibbe

Nina Stibbe was born in Leicester. She is the author of Love, Nina, which was shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year Award and won Non-Fiction Book of the Year at the 2014 National Book Awards, and the massively acclaimed novel Man at the Helm, which was shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction. She lives in Cornwall with her partner and two children.
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Review Text

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
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4,274 ratings
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3 27% (1,159)
2 12% (515)
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