Love, Nina : Despatches from Family Life, Paperback

Love, Nina : Despatches from Family Life Paperback

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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 family.

In 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).


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Diaries, letters & journals
  • ISBN: 9780241965092



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I feel duped. How did this book end up on "Best Books of the Year" lists? From far away (e.g. the USA) this may seem like a quaint story about a nanny in '80s London: Mary Poppins meets Bridget Jones. But once you peel away the layer of "kids will say the darndest things", a picture emerges of a privileged stuck-up, judgmental caste. The name-dropping is inane (although probably the only reason this book ever got published), and the "quirkiness" of its protagonists is just poorly disguised snobbery. One could fill a PhD dissertation with all the self-validating codes and indirect slights to people outside the Bloomsbury bubble that are contained in this vapid excuse for a book.

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