This is a glorious book - warm, funny and uplifting - just the thing to cheer the long cold days of winter. The young Nina's letters capture perfectly the characters of all the people she writes about, often by reproducing their dialogue. I laughed out loud, a lot. I wanted to be that young woman, and then, no, I wanted her to be my best friend! She and I are of a similar age, I reckon, and I too was living in north London in the early '80s, so I guess that gave the book extra resonance for me. It's not life-changing, earth-shattering or deep... but it's very entertaining.
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