The delightful letters home from a London nanny
living in the midst of an unconventional family
In 1982 twenty-year-old Nina Stibbe moved from a
small English town to London, where she took a job as nanny to two opinionated
and lively boys, aged nine and ten. Stibbe wrote letters home to her sister
describing her trials and triumphs as the family’s nanny: there’s a cat nobody
likes, a visiting dog called Ted Hughes, and dinnertime visits from a famous
local playwright … not to mention the two boys (and their favorite football
teams and rude words), a very broad-minded mother (editor of the London
Review of Books), and repeated misadventures parking the family car.
From the mystery of the unpaid milk bill and the
avoidance of nuclear war to mealtime discussions on sexually transmitted
diseases and the greats of English literature, Love, Nina is a wonderful
celebration of bad food, good company, and the relative merits of Hardy and
Shakespeare. In observant, warm, and funny letters to her sister, Stibbe makes
a young woman’s adventures in a new world come alive. Download and start listening now!