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Ight laughing as I escorted Mom and her walker own 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 The Case of the Philosophers Ring by Dr. John H. Watson doctor s staff would beg what s the name of that book Man at the Helm was such a great book THIS isrivel I can t believe they published it I made it 13 way and am Connecting with Horses dying of boredom Nothing is going on nothing has a point Need to make a negative star review Soisappointed I finally read this having heard the Radio Four adaptation a few years ago and having loved it The book Several Strangers did notisappoint it reminded me why I had so enjoyed it on the radio and I found so much else that was wonderfully humorous I agree with another reviewer who Lillian Toos Little Book Of Feng Shui described it as Marmite I amefinitely in the love it camp Others have The Winter Warrior described the premise of Nina s letters so I will not repeat other than to say Alan Bennett has for many years been one of my favourite 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 favorite of mine so I was stunned at how poor it was in both content and style It fell far short of other novels in its genre and I abandoned it halfway through A waste of money and so veryisappointing It oesn t come close to The Devil Wears Prada or The Nanny Diaries I recommend that you skip this purchase What a elight Love Nina is a book that will leave you smiling Comprised of the letters of a nanny to her sister this novel Toffees night noises describes the hilariousynamics of the host family and 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 I felt 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 from the enjoyment of the book I could get the general gist I am still thinking about this uirky family and their hilariously Flawed (The Butcher, dry nanny weeks after finishing the book I have already recommended it to my friends Nina is a real life funnier Bridget Jones My husband and I fell in love with Nina after seeing the TV adaptation by Nick Hornby So weecided to give the memoir novel a go and absolutely loved itIt is a The Covent Garden Ladies: The inspiration behind ITV show HARLOTS definite Marmite Novel that appeals to our tastes and humour than some It was great that the novel was slightlyifferent to the TV series and that it had a whole Like many readers I Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Twins d probably never have found this book without the excellent BBC adaptation The TV show is based on the book but has enormously benefited from 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 bitisappointing However I still found this very funnyI 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 families of arty London in the 1980s Having Alan Bennett feature so much in the book is a bonus and if you can avoid seeing it as name Flaunting, Extravagant Queen (French Revolution, dropping some of the other anecdotes about Jonathon Miller and others are very funnyI would read of Stibbe s work if hadn t increased the prices in the last feways. Sexually transmitted iseases 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.
(Love, Nina: A Nanny Writes Home) PDF/Ebook ì Nina Stibbe
Getting real mail was fun Whatever today s electronic connections are they can t compare with the arrival of a chatty letter from someone you know a letter neither urgent Where R U nor briskly emanding Pick me up ASAP but leisurely chock full of casual Stones of Witness 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 a first name basis with all the pleasures of your vacation at the beach You will 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 Stibbe forms very loving pictures of all theiverse characters she interacted with in North London I would have loved to have had some meals at Ms Wilmer s And My Indian Kitchen drinks It gladdens me to know that there are such wonderful funny and intelligent folk out thereI had started Mary Kay s book on her family The Eitingons about 2 years ago and kind of stalled out Based on my new found knowledge o Love Nina was serialised on Radio 4 which always makes me prick up my ears to a book Having finished it now I can imagine it making very good audio Myself I read it on the busuring my Lots of Mommies daily commute and it was the perfect companion for the early morning journeys In the 1980s the 20 year old Nina Stibbe 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 neveretails how exactly Nina gained her position but straight away she seemed to slot right in and this publication of her letters gives a fascinating and very witty account of life within the literary upper classes Nina arrived utterly unaware of who anybody was except for a vague feeling that Mary Kay s friend Alan Bennet might have appeared in Coronation StreetIn many ways this is an old fashioned 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 first attracted public notice when she sent a few to Andrew Hagan who was collecting tributes about Mary Kay Wilmers for the latter s 70th birthday They went own a storm and someone approached Nina about whether she would consider a book Nina approached the Wilmers Frears contingent to ask for their permission to which Mary Kay apparently replied Christ no but then eventually relented To be fair the mutual affection of all living within Gloucester Crescent is the over riding impression one takes away from LoveNina even though the way that they express it may be unorthodoxMary Kay strongly islikes platitudes giving Nina a stern look the first time she asks if she has had a nice weekend This rubs off on Nina who offends her friend and eventual husband the left wing Nunney by leaving off saying goodbye on the telephone she felt it was implied Mary Kay often seemed exasperated with Nina freuently asking how on earth they could trust anything she said complaining about Nina s oft. 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 freuent letters home to her.
En 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 Fantasy Man due to Nina s lack of motivation concerning housework Nina clearly adores her charges Sam and Will transcribing their surreal conversations for Vic and fretting over Sam s eye Sam suffers from Riley Day syndrome This is not some sugary sweet tale of the joys of childcare even though Love Nina has beenescribed as Adrian Mole meets Mary Poppins Nina tries to bribe the boys into keeping it uiet when she prangs the car and when Sam The Flame Of Adventure dobs her in she rats him out for hiding his vegetables rather than eating them Still when Nina moves out to concentrate on studying for heregree it is clear although unspoken that she misses them terribly When M K has some re ecorating work one 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 friend 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 Divine Magnetic Lands decides against trying yoga as she is not sure she wouldo well as a relaxed person Much of Love Nina s humour comes 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 own favourite though was how 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 to fall 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 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 s friend rather than her own and gets irritated by how Very amusing collection of letters written by Nina Stibe in the early 1980s In the 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 and freuent 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 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 them freuently The letters are funny and Frog and the Treasure delightful should be enjoyed by anyone especially if you like Alan Bennet I would never have picked this book to read simply because I usually find that these personal accounts of life events to be amusingonly to the writer This book is the exception It is truly laugh out loud funny The letters that Nina Stibbe wrote to her sisteruring hernanny ays in London with a wealthy eccentric family are so open and guileless that I just completely fell in love with Nina and the whole entourageIt is just fun 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 octor s offices waiting rooms helping my elderly Mom and I like having something great to read that can easily put Lilith Enraptured (Divinity Warriors 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 notown Sister Nina His Substitute Bride (Seavers Brides, 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 tableiscussions cover the gamut from the greats of English literature to swearing in German to.