Love, Nina: A Nanny Writes Home

By Nina Stibbe

"Breezy, subtle, hilarious, impolite and aching with sweetness: LOVE, NINA should be the main fascinating publication i have ever read." --Maria Semple, writer of Where'd You move, Bernadette

In 1982, 20-year-old Nina Stibbe moved to London to paintings as a nanny to 2 opinionated and vigorous younger boys. In common letters domestic to her sister, Nina defined her trials and triumphs: there is a cat no one likes, suppertime visits from a recognized neighborhood playwright, a mysteriously unpaid milk invoice, and repeated misadventures parking the relations motor vehicle. Dinner desk discussions hide the gamut, from the greats of English literature, to swearing in German, to sexually transmitted ailments. there is no finish to what Nina can examine from those boys (rude phrases) and their broad-minded mom (the who is who of literary London).

A fascinating, hilarious, sweetly inspiring party of undesirable meals and solid corporation, Love, Nina makes a tender woman's adventures in a brand new global come alive.

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This guy’s in there—is that what you’re asserting? Me: i feel so. Neve: Fuck. It’s over, it’s complete. I’m fucking entire. Waitress: Are you prepared to reserve? Sam got here again to RPT with me as a result airborne dirt and dust at fifty five (due to construction paintings) and we watched a video. We needed to pause after fifteen mins whereas Sam rang Mary-Kay. Sam: I’m simply going to ring Mary-Kay. Me: What for? Sam: to determine how the dirt is. (On mobile to MK) hi, mom, how’s the dirt? (To me) She says it’s settling. Me: inform her to not circulate round an excessive amount of, then. Sam: Stibbe says don’t stream round an excessive amount of. (To me) She says she’s protecting as still…as…the…the what? who? The, the virtuous…Queen of…the Sicily… Me: The what? Sam: She says…Hermione. Me: Who? Sam: From The iciness story, or something…(handing me the telephone) Me: (on mobile) Very humorous. Love, Nina *  *  * expensive Vic, university is very good. There’s continuously anything occurring. this day Stella figured out woman in our philosophy crew was once stuck stealing in Superdrug. We have been all willing to grasp what she’d stolen. one other lady from comparable direction (the scholar from Luton) instructed us in self belief that the lady had slipped a bottle of Nizoral right into a mystery pocket in her waistband. Head & Shoulders now not being difficult sufficient for her obdurate dandruff and Nizoral being dear as a result of being a “treatment” instead of a shampoo. the coed from Luton urged we had a whip-round to get her a bottle (of Nizoral), seeing as she evidently quite sought after it. the remainder of us felt that she will possibly not get pleasure from the gesture because it could sign that all of us knew in regards to the shoplifting (and the obdurate dandruff). I can’t wait to work out her now (the thief). She’s long gone correct up in my estimation (the mystery pocket). Stella says she (Stella) makes use of Head & Shoulders and Timotei alternately. it sounds as if your hair and scalp get used to no matter what you’re utilizing and get robust adequate to struggle the results, as a result you'll want to swap and trade. additionally, excellent news: be mindful I needed to pair up with that woman / boy “Zig” for the fast slavery path? good, I’m now not with Zig anymore. I’ve needed to move right into a 3 with Stella and Henderson (fear of the marketplace). cause being that Zig obtained “clipped by way of a lorry” in Deptford creating a sprint for it throughout a multilane junction. besides Zig’s had light concussion. And notwithstanding s/he’s no longer at risk, s/he won’t be ready to do the fast venture within the small period of time allotted…hence me tripling up with Stella and Henderson. I’m pondering that Zig’s most likely a boy (crossing a posh street in a silly position to get to Spud-u-like—would a woman do this? ). Love, Nina *  *  * pricey Vic, Went the entire solution to Thames Poly yet didn’t have to. Time-tabling errors (mine). however it used to be worthy it simply because one in every of my tutors (Peter Widdowson, my favourite) requested how every thing used to be going. PW: How’s every little thing going? Me: nice. PW: nice. Me: I don’t be aware of in the event you take note my essay on Mrs. Gaskell. PW: after all I do, it’s indelibly revealed on my brain. Me: (pleased) thank you. learned later that he’d intended “Of direction I don’t keep in mind your essay.

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