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M and her walker down medical office corridors Very soon Mom insisted I read the letters to her while we waited More than once as Mom s name was called someone else in the waiting room or the doctor s staff would beg what s the name of that book Man at the Helm was such a great book THIS is drivel I can t believe they published it I made it 13 way and am dying of boredom Nothing is going on nothing has a point Need to make a negative star review So disappointed I inally read this having heard the Radio Four adaptation a Bloc Life few years ago and having loved it The book did not disappoint it reminded me why I had so enjoyed it on the radio and Iound so much else that was wonderfully humorous I agree with another reviewer who described it as Marmite I am definitely in the love it camp Others have described the premise of Nina s letters so I will not repeat other than to say Alan Bennett has The Indian Clerk for many years been one of myavourite writers especially his own memoirs and this book just made me like him even Thoroughly enjoyable in a time of Covid and probably at any other time too It is essentially lighthearted and absolutely nothing wrong with that It has no pretences to being other than this Lovely book I bought this solely on Ann Patchett s recommendation she s a Faith Fairies favorite of mine so I was stunned at how poor it was in both content and style Itell Greetings from Witness Protection! far short of other novels in its genre and I abandoned it halfway through A waste of money and so very disappointing It doesn t come close to The Devil Wears Prada or The Nanny Diaries I recommend that you skip this purchase What a delight Love Nina is a book that will leave you smiling Comprised of the letters of a nanny to her sister this novel describes the hilarious dynamics of the hostamily and Spot friends curious attempts at cooking and housekeeping This is so good natured it will leave you happy and wishing you too knew these people Hilarious I had so many laugh out loud moments reading this book and I m completely enad with it s characters When the book ended Ielt sad that I wouldn t know Nina W S MK and AB any longer I think this is one of the rare books that I will read twice just because I enjoyed it so much There are a lot of references to British culture in the 1980s that as an American were unfamiliar to me but the references were not enough to take away The Hotel New Hampshire from the enjoyment of the book I could get the general gist I am still thinking about this uirkyamily and their hilariously dry nanny weeks after A Dangerous Man (Women and Men, finishing the book I have already recommended it to myriends Nina is a real life Sizzling Seduction funnier Bridget Jones My husband and Iell in love with Nina after seeing the TV adaptation by Nick Hornby So we decided to give the memoir novel a go and absolutely loved itIt is a definite Marmite Novel that appeals to our tastes and humour than some It was great that the novel was slightly different to the TV series and that it had a whole second half not included or TV Although we lamented the act that this had not been adapted as we miss the series makes a change Takedown from the usual derivativeare The novel also gave some useful background that explained some things in the TV series such as the really not so very surprising surprise ie Alan Bennett s characterHumour wise one of my Baby, Im Yours (Guys And Daughters, favorites was how Ninainally decides that a Her Counterfeit Husband fellow student is male oremale Hilarious A classicWhat I didn t like was the constant use of initials Heart of the Night (Secret Agent for character names Perhaps nick names would have been less annoying Some reviewers hated theact that we never directly hear The Greek Bosss Demand from sister Vic to whom Nina writes not realising that this her chosen narrative in theorm of a letter Conseuently we don t need to know about Vic s life because THE STORY IS ABOUT NINA and the February or Forever (Tarrins Bay familyor whom she works Like many readers I d probably never have ound this book without the excellent BBC adaptation The TV show is based on the book but has enormously benefited rom having the experience of Nick Hornby as screenwriter When a text has been polished by someone like him it s a bit inevitable that the original could be a bit disappointing However I still A Virgin For The Taking (Clemenger Sisters found this veryunnyI liked the unanswered things the people referred to and never built upon the unknown responses of her sister I also loved Nina s sense of humour and her observational uips about the What She Saw / Operation Reunion families of arty London in the 1980s Having Alan Bennetteature so much in the book is a bonus and if you can avoid seeing it as name dropping some of the other anecdotes about Jonathon Miller and others are very The Moretti Marriage funnyI would read of Stibbe s work if hadn t increased the prices in the lastew days. Sexually transmitted diseases There's no end to what Nina can learn The Dark Duke from these boys rude words and their broad minded mother the who's who of literary London A charming hilarious sweetly inspiring celebration of badood and good company Love Nina makes a young woman's adventures in a new world come alive.
Te on studying or her degree it is clear although unspoken that she misses them terribly When M K has some re decorating work done there is a real sense of uiet rejoicing as she asks Nina when she will be moving back inThere are moments of true comic hilarity such as when a riend gives Mary Kay a set of wind chimes to ward away bad spirits but M K refuses to put them up because she hates tinkly noises and is not a hundred per cent against bad spirits In another terrific one liner Nina decides against trying yoga as she is not sure she would do well as a relaxed person Much of Love Nina s humour comes Starting Over on Blackberry Lane (Life in Icicle Falls from Stibbe s observational wit she notes that Granny Wilmers helper was uite nice except when she criticised Nina s method in cutting Sam s hair not that she s a hairdresser she s just an ordinary posh person who s been taught to share her opinions with all and sundry My ownavourite though was how The Soul Of A Thief freuent guest Alan Bennet proved himself to be extremely adept at repairing household appliances he has since contested this assertion Nina assures him gravely that this is a good thing toall back on Indeed Nina is completely un starstruck by any of the literary types who cross the threshold although she is rather nervous of Jonathan Miller after she mistook him Claiming His Desert Princess (Hot Arabian Nights for an opera singer and then borrowed his saw on Mary Kay s orders and then promptly lost it She cringes to the cleaner that Michael Neve is Mary Kay sriend rather than her own and gets irritated by how writer types remain untouched by what happens in the world Despite choosing to study an English degree Nina is distinctly unimpressed by Thomas Hardy and under whelmed by Shakespeare She is a charmingly direct narrator andLove Nina does truly Secret Baby, Surprise Parents feel like we are getting something real My only criticism is that Ielt that it did need to be read in one go since Nina s style was such a distinctive stream of consciousness that stepping outside of it made it difficult to tune back in later Also I read it hoping Mystify (Mystyx, for some kind of closure to the relationship between Nina and Nunney she obviously hadeelings The New Baby for him already but since this was real life rather thaniction that closure was a good Wild Streak few years away making the ending rather abruptThese are minor points though this was a lovely and warm hearted insight into the lives of a lively and engaging group of people written with wit and intelligence it made me homesick thoughor the age of the letter As a child I was always so excited to receive post usually P.I. Daddys Personal Mission (The Coltons of Montana, from my aunt or grandparents the art of writing down one s doings seems to have shrivelled in the age of constant communication and I can t help but think that we are the pooreror it We may document our lives via social media but it lacks any kind of depth Nina is lucky to have such a wonderful account of this period in her life and it makes me remember again why writing is wonderful I can t help but wonder though what the other players in the story would have said though Very amusing collection of letters written by Nina Stibe in the early 1980s In the Say Youll Stay And Marry Me first part of the book she is working as nanny to the children of Mary Kay Wilmer and living in Gloucester Crescent which at that time was awash with intellectuals Alan Bennet was a neighbour andreuent visitor and his coversations areamong the most amusing parts of the book The children Sam and Will are intelligent and original and Nina obviously was very Rafaellos Mistress fond of them In the second part of the book she becomes a student at Thames Polytechnic but still stays in close touch with the Wilmers and visits themreuently The letters are The Boleyn King (The Boleyn Trilogy, funny and delightful should be enjoyed by anyone especially if you like Alan Bennet I would never have picked this book to read simply because I usuallyind that these personal accounts of life events to be amusingonly to the writer This book is the exception It is truly laugh out loud unny The letters that Nina Stibbe wrote to her sister during hernanny days in London with a wealthy eccentric amily are so open and guileless that I just completely Another Day of Life fell in love with Nina and the whole entourageIt is justun and light and I highly recommend Wonderful book I have to explain that I have two Kindles One in my purse and one on my bedside table The purse Kindle spends a lot of time in doctor s offices waiting rooms helping my elderly Mom and I like having something great to read that can easily put downMarvelous letters all written to Nina s sister Vic about her life as a Nanny in London in the early 1980 s Witty people including the children The letters often left me smiling if not down right laughing as I escorted Mo. Sister Nina described her trials and triumphs there's a cat nobody likes suppertime visits What Would You Like? from aamous local playwright a mysteriously unpaid milk bill and repeated misadventures parking the Narcissus in Chains (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, family car Dinner table discussions cover the gamutrom the greats of English literature to swearing in German to.
Getting real mail was Cinderella for a Night (36 Hours, fun Whatever today s electronic connections are they can t compare with the arrival of a chatty letterrom someone you know a letter neither urgent Where R U nor briskly demanding Pick me up ASAP but leisurely chock Friend Foe full of casual details giving you a personal moment with someone who matters to you and vice versa Under these circumstances anything and everything can be interesting who threw up and why what caps and hats are in vogue this month or what the Famous Man Next Door is really like when he s at supper with two small boys a sassy young nanny and the Mum who seems well loved but very much an after thought in the groupNina Stibbe s book is the kind of thing you take to bed at night to leave a pleasant relaxing aura over your soon to be sleeping head It s the perfect book to carry in your bag and read on the train or while waiting in the hair salon It will be on airst name basis with all the pleasures of your vacation at the beach You will The Longevity Diet finish it with satisfaction while much heavier probing works lie with their bookmarks permanently out of gas on p 35 I loved this book and hated it when I got to the end Ms Stibbeorms very loving pictures of all the diverse characters she interacted with in North London I would have loved to have had some meals at Ms Wilmer s And drinks It gladdens me to know that there are such wonderful Grassroots Innovation funny and intelligentolk out thereI had started Mary Kay s book on her amily The Eitingons about 2 years ago and kind of stalled out Based on my new ound knowledge of her many personality uirks I have gone back to that book with real enthusiasmI look Architecture and Utopia forward to workrom Nina Love Nina was serialised on Radio 4 which always makes me prick up my ears to a book Having Perfect Cities finished it now I can imagine it making very good audio Myself I read it on the bus during my daily commute and it was the perfect companionor the early morning journeys In the 1980s the 20 year old Nina Stibbe Prometheus Wired found herself as a nanny to Sam and Will Wilmers sons of Mary Kay Wilmers long term editor of London Review of Books The book never details how exactly Nina gained her position but straight away she seemed to slot right in and this publication of her letters gives aascinating and very witty account of life within the literary upper classes Nina arrived utterly unaware of who anybody was except or a vague eeling that Mary Kay s Special Topics in Calamity Physics friend Alan Bennet might have appeared in Coronation StreetIn many ways this is an oldashioned kind of book an apparently simple collection of letters home to Nina s sister Vic but her writing is razor sharp Given that Stibbe eventually made a living within publishing it is hard to truly believe that the letters truly passed through un edited but although Nina admits to have taken out the naughtier elements and to have corrected some of the spelling and grammar apparently they appear otherwise unaltered Apparently her letters Seven More Languages in Seven Weeks first attracted public notice when she sent aew to Andrew Hagan who was collecting tributes about Mary Kay Wilmers Scenes from a Revolution for the latter s 70th birthday They went down a storm and someone approached Nina about whether she would consider a book Nina approached the Wilmers Frears contingent to askor their permission to which Mary Kay apparently replied Christ no but then eventually relented To be air the mutual affection of all living within Gloucester Crescent is the over riding impression one takes away rom LoveNina even though the way that they express it may be unorthodoxMary Kay strongly dislikes platitudes giving Nina a stern look the Microsoft Visual C first time she asks if she has had a nice weekend This rubs off on Nina who offends herriend and eventual husband the left wing Nunney by leaving off saying goodbye on the telephone she Soulprint felt it was implied Mary Kay often seemed exasperated with Ninareuently asking how on earth they could trust anything she said complaining about Nina s often rather pointless practical jokes and shaking her head at Nina s latest attempt at cooking Still she seemed largely unruffled at having to hire a cleaner due to Nina s lack of motivation concerning housework Nina clearly adores her charges Sam and Will transcribing their surreal conversations Blah Blah Black Sheep for Vic andretting over Sam s eye Sam suffers rom Riley Day syndrome This is not some sugary sweet tale of the joys of childcare even though Love Nina has been described as Adrian Mole meets Mary Poppins Nina tries to bribe the boys into keeping it uiet when she prangs the car and when Sam dobs her in she rats him out or hiding his vegetables rather than eating them Still when Nina moves out to concentra. 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 reuent letters home to her.