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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Breezy, sophisticated, hilarious, rude, and aching with sweetness: Love, Nina might be the most charming book I’ve ever read.”

    Maria Semple, New York Times bestselling author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette

  • 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)
  • 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
  • My feel-good recipe is to have a top self-help book on the go together with a novel with a light and jolly perspective on life. On the novel front, anything by P.G. Wodehouse never fails, but this year, Love Nina: A Nanny Writes Home worked just the same magic. Helen Fielding, author of Bridget Jones's Diary
  • [Love, Nina is] observant, funny, terse, at times a bit rude. It affords a glimpse into a rarefied London social and literary milieu...These letters are winning from the start...we simply like being in Ms. Stibbe's company. Dwight Garner, The New York Times
  • I have never laughed so hard reading a book. Nina Stibbe's recollections of life as a London nanny are both hilarious and heartwarming. J. Courtney Sullivan, author of Maine and The Engagements
  • I must MOST EARNESTLY recommend Love, Nina by Nina Stibbe. It's the most piss-funny thing I've read all year. I can't remember a book since Adrian Mole that so brilliantly, drily nailed day-to-day life in BRILLIANT, faux-naive prose. Caitlin Moran, author of How to Build a Girl
  • 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
  • You'll find yourself laughing out loud but also touched by the book's depiction of family as it should be: people bound not just by blood but by shared affinities, humor and unfailing interest in hearing the answer to the question, 'How was your day?' People
  • Enchanting . . . a glimpse into the domestic life of a fascinating family. The Wall Street Journal
  • “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, New York Times bestselling author of A Long Way Down

  • “I have never laughed so hard reading a book. Nina Stibbe’s recollections of life as a London nanny are both hilarious and heartwarming.”

    J. Courtney Sullivan, New York Times bestselling author of Maine

  • “Charming, but only in the best ways.”

    New York Times

  • “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)

  • “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

  • “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

  • An April 2014 LibraryReads Pick
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