The Confabulist dNamics 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 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 Der Illusionist doesn t come close to The Devil Wears Prada or The Nanny Diaries I recommend that you skip this purchase I finally read this having heard the Radio Four adaptation a few years ago and having loved it The bookid not Enticing (PI Men to the Rescue disappoint 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 whoescribed it as Marmite I am Spring Comes to Sanctuary (Welcome to Sanctuary, definitely in the love it camp Others haveescribed 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 Man at the Helm was such has no pretences to being other than this Lovely book Man at the Helm was such great book THIS is Ask the Past drivel I can t believe they published it I made it 13 way and amying of boredom Nothing is going on nothing has a point Need to make a negative star review So Riding Class (Saddle Club, disappointed 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 inoctor s offices waiting rooms
my elderly Mom and I like having something great to read that easily put Silver Stirrups (Saddle Club, 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 right 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
helping my elderly Mom and I like having something great to read that
More Than Once As Mom S Name than once as Mom s name called someone else in the waiting room or the octor s staff would beg what s the name of that book 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 sister Short Stories by Roald Dahl during hernannyays 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. 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.
Children Sam And Will Are Intelligent And Original And NinaSam and Will are intelligent and original and Nina was very fond of them In the second part of the book she becomes a student at Thames Polytechnic But Still Stays In still stays in touch with the Wilmers and visits them freuently The letters are funny and elightful should be enjoyed by anyone especially if you like Alan Bennet 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 bus urin I loved this book and hated it when I got to the end Ms Stibbe forms very loving pictures of all the iverse characters she interacted with in North London I would have loved to have had some meals at Ms Wilmer s And rinks It gladdens me to know that there
are such wonderful funny and intelligent folk out thereI had started Mary Kay s booksuch wonderful funny and intelligent folk out thereI had started Mary Kay s book her family The Eitingons about 2 years ago and kind of stalled out Based on my new found knowledge of her many personality uirks I have gone back to that book with real enthusiasmI look forward to work from Nina 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 I Look Up To... Michelle Obama 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 Like many readers I probably never have found this book without the excellent BBC adaptation The TV show is based on the book but has enormously benefited fro. 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. .
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M 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 FOUND THIS VERY FUNNYI disappointing However I still found this very funnyI 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 Doctor Extraño 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 My husband and I fell in love with Nina after seeing the TV adaptation by Nick Hornby So we ecided to give the memoir novel a go and absolutely loved itIt is a efinite Marmite Novel that appeals to our tastes and humour than some It was great that the novel was slightly ifferent to the TV series and that it had a whole second half not included for TV Although we lamented the fact that this had not been adapted as we miss the series makes a change from the usual
Derivative Fare The Novelfare The novel 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 favorites was how Nina finally ecides that a fellow student is male or female Hilarious A classicWhat I Feminism is for Everybody didn t like was the constant use of initials for character names Perhaps nick names would have been less annoying Some reviewers hated the fact that we neverirectly hear from sister Vic to whom Nina writes not realising that this her chosen narrative in the form of a letter Conseuently we Deterring Democracy don t need to know about Vic s life because THE STORY IS ABOUT NINA and the family for whom she works 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 hilariouslyry nanny weeks after finishing the book I have already recommended it to my friends Nina is a real life funnier Bridget Jones What a Comet in Moominland (The Moomins, delight Love Nina is a book that will leave you smiling Comprised of the letters of a nanny to her sister this novelescribes the hilarious Hunters Heart dy. Sister Ninaescribed 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 iscussions cover the gamut from the greats of English literature to swearing in German to. .