Love, Nina

Love, Nina

A Nanny Writes Home

eBook - 2014
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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.
Publisher: [New York, New York] : Little, Brown and Company, [2014]
ISBN: 9780316365352
0316365351
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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herpwop1
Jul 02, 2016

I liked this book of letters from a young nanny in the 1980s, but found it difficult to get into as I had to keep referring back to the list of names at the front to see who the people were who were mentioned in the letters that Nina wrote home to her sister. Also some of the letters seemed trite, and irritated me. Nina seemed silly and ready to lie to get out of some situations. I did chuckle at some of these letters and by the halfway mark, when Nina starts her schooling, I found myself enjoying the book more. I seemed to be able to get into the rhythm of it. My favorites were her charges, Sam and Will, who seemed smarter than their chronological ages and quite funny. Their table conversations were like none I've ever had! Anyway, this was a quick read (once I knew who Nina was referring to), but not something I will probably remember for long. Probably a Brit would enjoy it more and get more of the references and slang.

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tanitchka
Nov 11, 2015

Absolutely one of the funniest books I have ever read! She made me laugh out loud.

debwalker Sep 08, 2015

Helena Bonham-Carter will star in the BBC's Love, Nina: A Nanny Writes Home, a fictionalized adaptation of Nina Stibbe's book. The Bookseller reported that Nick Hornby is adapting the book for a five-part series, with Bonham-Carter as Georgia, the fictionalized version of Mary-Kay Wilmers; Faye Marsay as Nina, Jason Watkins as local author Malcolm Tanner and Josh McGuire as Nunny, Nina's on-off boyfriend.

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