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"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,...
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Overview

"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.

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When 20-year-old Nina Stibbe arrived as a nanny in London's Gloucester Crescent, she didn't yet know that she had landed in the center of major UK literary scene. Over the next five years, she faithfully tended to her two strapping male charges and frequently wrote home to her rural Leicester family. Those letters were eagerly read and then sat in a box until someone discovered them as a unique record of one talented young woman's take on a whole new world. A book that charmed our Discover selection committee readers.

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"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

"[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

"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

"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

The New York Times - Dwight Garner
…charming, but only in the best ways. It's observant, funny, terse, at times a bit rude. It affords a glimpse into a rarefied London social and literary milieu. It's an Upstairs, Downstairs or Downton Abbey of sorts, set not in a manor house but in the genteel bohemian home of Mary-Kay Wilmers, the longtime editor of The London Review of Books…It's a book that may put readers in mind of Helene Hanff's 84, Charing Cross Road (1970), that volume of discursive correspondence between a book lover in New York and the staff of an antiquarian bookshop in London.
The New York Times Book Review - Emma Gilbey Keller
If you're remotely Anglophiliac you'll just cruise through the scenes Stibbe recreates verbatim for her sister, as if she were writing a play…There's something about looking across at England from an American armchair that's particularly appealing. Part of the charm of Love, Nina is that it gives a glimpse into a country that seems worlds away. People pop in and out of one another's houses, even look into one another's windows in streets that are small and pretty. Conversations are conducted in complete sentences. There's an abundance of manners. Life might be chaotic at times, but it is always civilized…This is a domestic account of the minutiae of daily life in the 1980s, and it's to Stibbe's credit that it never becomes mundane.
Andrew O'Hagan
"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."
Deborah Moggach
"I loved this book. What a beady eye she has for domestic life, and how deliciously fresh and funny she is - a real discovery."
Nick Hornby - The Believer
"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."
J. Courtney Sullivan
"I have never laughed so hard reading a book. Nina Stibbe's recollections of life as a London nanny are both hilarious and heartwarming."
The Bookseller
"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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316243384
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 11/4/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,474
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Nina Stibbe, after leaving her work as a nanny and attending university, worked in publishing. She now lives in Cornwall with her husband and their two children.
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