Top positive review
on 24 November 2014
How much people enjoy this book will depend very much on how they feel about the author and her tales of domestic life. On the whole, I felt warmly towards her. She wasn't trying to be clever or even funny. She was simply trying to convey to her sister what it was like to live among people who were older, better-educated and much more worldly-wise than her. The fact that many of them were famous (and haven't objected to the book) has made it possible for the letters to be published.
However, for me, the celebrities are of only passing interest. The best thing about the book is the portrayal of the children and Nina's relationship with them. When she left her job, she was still close to the family, but for me, the book lost a lot of its charm at this point. I found the conversations of two young boys much more interesting than her account of student life.