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    • Man at the Helm

    • By: Nina Stibbe
    • Narrated by: Imogen Church
    • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 143
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 128
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 130

    Not long after her parents' separation, heralded by an awkward scene involving a wet Daily Telegraph and a pan of cold eggs, nine-year-old Lizzie Vogel, her sister and little brother and their now-divorcée mother are packed off to a small, slightly hostile village in the English countryside. Their mother is all alone, only 31 years of age, with three young children and a Labrador. It is no wonder, when you put it like that, that she becomes a menace and a drunk. And a playwright.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of a kind, funny and at times surreal

    • By S. Yates on 02-04-18

    Regular price: $15.98

    • Paradise Lodge

    • By: Nina Stibbe
    • Narrated by: Helen Baxendale
    • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    This is the story of Lizzie Vogel, a 15 year old girl who finds herself working in a ramshackle old people's home in the English suburbs. It is the late 1970s and the place is in chaos - there's a much swisher old people's home nearer the supermarket with better parking which is taking all the best patients; Matron seems to be utterly without qualifications, and Lizzie has no idea what she's doing.

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Love, Nina

    • A Nanny Writes Home
    • By: Nina Stibbe
    • Narrated by: Nina Stibbe
    • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 27

    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.

    Regular price: $28.50

    • Love, Nina

    • Despatches from Family Life
    • By: Nina Stibbe
    • Narrated by: Nina Stibbe
    • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 35

    In the 1980s, Nina Stibbe wrote letters home to her sister in Leicester describing her trials and triumphs as a nanny to a London family. There’s a cat nobody likes, a visiting dog called Ted Hughes (Ted for short) and suppertime visits from a local playwright. Not to mention the two boys, their favourite football teams, and rude words, a very broad-minded mother and assorted nice chairs.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An hilarious and joyful look into an era

    • By Toby on 11-11-13

    Regular price: $21.32

    • Paradise Lodge

    • By: Nina Stibbe
    • Narrated by: Helen Baxendale
    • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 27

    After succeeding in her quest to help her unconventional mother find a new "man at the helm", 15-year-old Lizzie Vogel simply wants to be a normal teenager. Just when it looks as if things have settled down, her mother goes and has another baby. On top of that, Lizzie's best friend has deserted her for the punk craze, which Lizzie finds too exhausting to commit to herself. But Lizzie soon gets more commitment than she bargained for when she takes a job as a junior nurse at Paradise Lodge, a ramshackle refuge for the elderly.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • In the spirit of Ove & Harold Frye

    • By Annie M. on 11-09-16

    Regular price: $28.50

    • An Almost Perfect Christmas

    • By: Nina Stibbe
    • Narrated by: Nina Stibbe
    • Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    From dry turkeys to Christmas pudding fires, from the perfect present for teacher to the risks and rewards of regifting, Nina Stibbe offers her inimitable wisdom and humour on the most wonderful time of the year.

    Regular price: $19.18

    • Reasons to Be Cheerful

    • By: Nina Stibbe
    • Length: 8 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Reasons to Be Cheerful by Nina Stibbe. 18-year-old Lizzie Vogel finds herself a new job in a dentist's surgery after answering a classified advert in the Leicester Mercury for a 'mature lady with a strong interest in dental issues'. Working for an eccentric dental surgeon who's obsessed with becoming a Freemason, Lizzie's life is uneventful, until Andy Nicolello turns up one day to deliver a crown. Lizzie seizes her chance to find love, and soon begins calling him her boyfriend even though they have never so much as kissed or even sat next to each other on the sofa. But Andy doesn't turn out to be quite what he seems.... 

    Regular price: $21.81