Reasons to be Cheerful

Reasons to be Cheerful : Winner of the 2019 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction

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'Funny, charming, odd-in-the-best-way and gorgeously uplifting! A delight from start to finish' Marian Keyes

'I read all of Reasons To Be Cheerful in one glorious gulp' Caitlin Moran
____________________________________Teenager Lizzie Vogel has a new job as a dental assistant. This is not as glamorous as it sounds. At least it means mostly getting away from her alcoholic, nymphomaniacal, novel-writing mother. But, if Lizzie thinks being independent means sex with her boyfriend (he prefers bird-watching), strict boundaries (her boss keeps using her loo) or self-respect (surely only actual athletes get fungal foot infections?) she's still got a lot more growing up to do.
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'This made me laugh and broke my heart . . . Stibbe is one of the all time greats' Daisy Buchanan

'Stibbe is one of the great comic writers of our time' Irish Times

'Pitch perfect vintage comedy' Guardian

'Lives up to its title' Sunday Times
'Joyful. Stibbe's comedy probes what it means to become an adult' Daily Telegraph
'The literary love child of Victoria Wood and Alan Bennett...this is pure laughing gas' Mail on Sunday

'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

'Another great from Nina Stibbe' Kathy Burke

'Very few writers can find the delicate balance between heartbreak and hilarity like Nina Stibbe' Red Magazine

'Comedy gold . . . Reasons To Be Cheerful is just the read you need right now' Stylist

'Nina Stibbe is an author of such effortless wit that she could turn a shopping list into a bestseller' Women and Home
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 18mm | 202g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0241974984
  • 9780241974988
  • 2,569

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Pitch perfect vintage comedy Guardian
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An idiosyncratic, bittersweet coming-of-age tale that certainly justifies its title * Kirkus * There's a strong Sue Townsend/Alan Bennett flavour to it all . . . funny and sweet * Daily Mail * A wonderfully funny novel . . . Nina Stibbe is still on sparkling form. * Oldie * 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 'Nina Stibbe is an author of such effortless wit that she could turn a shopping list into a bestseller' -- Isabelle Broom * Women and Home * Funny, charming, odd-in-the-best-way and gorgeously uplifting! A delight from start to finish -- Marian Keyes 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 Very few writers can find the delicate balance between heartbreak and hilarity like Nina Stibbe * Red Magazine * A joyfully meandering, episodic novel that probes what it means to become an adult * Daily Telegraph * 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 * The true heir to Sue Townsend -- Caitlin Moran 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 * 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 * If you loved Adrian Mole you'll adore Lizzie Vogel . . . quirky and witty, it also packs an emotional punch * Sun * 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 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 * Stibbe's comedy probes what it means to become an adult, and how we form our financial, sexual, moral and political selves * Daily Telegraph * 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 Lives up to its title * Sunday Times * Pitch perfect vintage comedy * Guardian *
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About Nina Stibbe

Nina Stibbe was born in Leicester. She is the author of two works of non-fiction - Love, Nina and An Almost Perfect Christmas - and three novels: Man at the Helm, Paradise Lodge, and Reasons to be Cheerful, which won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction 2019. Love, Nina won Non-Fiction Book of the Year at the 2014 National Book Awards and in 2016 was adapted by Nick Hornby into a BBC series starring Faye Marsay and Helena Bonham-Carter. She lives in Cornwall.
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4 36% (394)
3 31% (331)
2 10% (106)
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