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"I think one's allowed an involuntary snort...or two.",
This review is from: Love, Nina: Despatches from Family Life (Hardcover)
So says Alan Bennett, frequent suppertime visitor to 55 Gloucester Terrace, as the family sits around discussing whether it's ok to laugh out loud when you're reading a funny book.
It is 1982 and Nina has left her Leicester home to work for Mary-Kay as nanny to her two sons, Sam and Will. This book is a collection of Nina's letters to her sister back home in the pre-email era long before the advent of LOLs, ROFLs and emoticons. It captures - brilliantly, and mainly through the use of inconsequential reported dialogue - a period that might as well be pre-historic!
It's little wonder Love, Nina: Despatches from Family Life has become a word-of-mouth best-seller. Nina's honest young voice lacks all pretension and somehow speaks to us across the decades in a way that's utterly fresh and appealing. A very engaging read that provides a true snapshot of the 80s...and plenty of involuntary snorts.