A Nanny Writes Home
By Nina Stibbe
Little Brown and Company, Hardcover, 9780316243391, 336pp.
Publication Date: April 22, 2014
"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
In 1982, 20-year-old Nina Stibbe moved to London to work as a nanny to two opinionated and lively young boys. In frequent letters home to her sister, Nina described her trials and triumphs: there's a cat nobody likes, suppertime visits from a famous local playwright, a mysteriously unpaid milk bill, and repeated misadventures parking the family car. Dinner table discussions cover the gamut, from the greats of English literature, to swearing in German, to sexually transmitted diseases. There's no end to what Nina can learn from these boys (rude words) and their broad-minded mother (the who's who of literary London).
A charming, hilarious, sweetly inspiring celebration of bad food and good company, Love, Nina makes a young woman's adventures in a new world come alive.
"I adored this book, and I could quote from it forever. It's real, odd, life-affirming, sharp, loving...and I can't remember the last time I laughed out loud so frequently while reading."—Nick Hornby, The Believer
"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
"If you are looking for a memoir with a literary and arty cast of characters, Nina Stibbe's hilarious LOVE, NINA is hard to beat....The joy of LOVE, NINA is that it is what you could call an unfiltered memoir, comprised of actual letters Stibbe wrote to her sister Victoria over five years, describing her London life and peppered with Stibbe's pitch perfect ear for dialogue and character....Its true strength is Stibbe's comedic touch about universal themes of family life and of someone going out in the wider world for the first time."—The Bookseller
"Nina Stibbe is the funniest new writer to arrive in years. LOVE, NINA is a memoir so warm, so witty and so wise, it's like finding the friend you always deserved."—Andrew O'Hagan, author of BE NEAR ME and MISSING
"What a funny, artist-filled life she lived, and how well she watched and participated. This is an offbeat paean to families, real and cobbled-together, to sisters and siblings, and to communicating with love. It's also a rare and delectable epistolary slice of life."—Booklist (starred review)