Love, Nina

Love, Nina

Despatches From Family Life

Book - 2013
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In the 1980s Nina Stibbe wrote letters home to her sister in Leicester describing her trials and triumphs as a nanny to a London family. There's a cat nobody likes, a visiting dog called Ted Hughes (Ted for short) and suppertime visits from a local playwright. Not to mention the two boys, their favourite football teams, and rude words, a very broad-minded mother and assorted nice chairs. From the mystery of the unpaid milk bill and the avoidance of nuclear war to mealtime discussions on pie filler, the greats of English literature, swearing in German and sexually transmitted diseases, 'Love, Nina' is a wonderful celebration of bad food, good company and the relative merits of Thomas Hardy and Enid Blyton.
Publisher: London : Viking, 2013
ISBN: 9780670922765
0670922765
Branch Call Number: 649.092 STI NVD
Characteristics: x, 321 p. ; 21 cm

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uncommonreader
Aug 30, 2015

Yes, this book is funny, but mostly because of the wit of the people Nina was writing about. At some point, it becomes a bit too much of a good thing.

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ownedbydoxies
May 25, 2015

Quirky, odd, very funny. This is a collection of letters written by the author to her sister, when the author was nanny to a well-known literary figure (well-known in Britain, at any rate) in the 1980's. Lots of other literary types drop in, the author is kind of nutty and definitely not a top-edge nanny, but more a loopy big sister to the two kids in the family. I loved it.

ChristchurchLib Jul 15, 2014

"In the early 1980s, when she worked as a 20-year-old nanny in London, author Nina Stibbe wrote captivating letters detailing life with the Wilmers-Frears household to her sister at home in Leicestershire. Stibbe's employer, Mary-Kay Wilmers, was deputy editor of the London Review of Books, and Wilmers' husband, Stephen Frears, was a film director. Their two sons, Sam and Will, were Stibbe's charges. The letters compiled in Love, Nina recount incidents in the boys' lives in addition to the family's delightful conversations with celebrity guests -- emphasising the contrast between Stibbe's London life and that of her rural family. The dialogue "is so snappy it's almost incredible," says Library Journal." Biography and Memoir July 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/90664ed0-112c-4dc3-badc-4aff1fc6e001?postId=b5fb9674-9abe-43b9-af02-3e8998058388

stewaroby Jun 17, 2014

Really funny and really nice. That's not nice in a wishy-washy way, it's nice in a kind, I can be frank about people's foibles and I don't like everybody but I don't have to be vicious about it way. The deadpan conversations are hilarious, just what one might aspire to if one had been to Oxford and lived near Primrose Hill on the same street as a national treasure.

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bluehydrangea
Feb 08, 2014

These letters are wonderful, full of observations and conversations that made me laugh out loud. Highly recommended.

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