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Category: Nina Stibbe

The good nanny

My book Love, Nina: Despatches from Family Life is the letters I wrote to my sister when I was a live-in nanny to two boys in the 1980s. The book focuses mainly on my relationship with the family I lived with and since publication it has been…

Going home for Xmas

First published in Psychologies, January 2014 Until I had children of my own I almost always went home for Xmas to my mum and step-dad’s house in Leicestershire and so did my siblings, all 4 of them. So, right into our 20s and 30s there we’d…

Almost famous

First published in The Sunday Times, 10th Nov 2013 When I left Leicestershire in the 1980s, to become a nanny in London, the thing that most captivated my friends was the idea that I’d be forever bumping into famous people such as David Bowie or Dickie…

Not in front of the children

An edited version of this article was published in The Guardian, 10 November 2013 ‘We’ll have to stop swearing soon’, I said to my friend a few years ago as we watched our small children playing together. ‘I’ve given up,’ said my friend, ‘I stopped last Monday…

A reply to Alan Bennett

I was pleased to read the nice things Alan Bennett wrote about my book in his diary in The London Review of Books (Vol.36 No.1. 9 January 2014) but he does himself a disservice when he writes that he wasn’t a practical person in the 1980s.  As my letters,…