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Teenager Lizzie Vogel has a new job as a dental assistant. This is not as glamorous as it sounds. At least it means mostly getting away from her alcoholic, nymphomaniacal, novel-writing mother. But, if Lizzie thinks being independent means sex with her boyfriend (he prefers bird-watching), strict boundaries (her boss keeps using her loo) or self-respect (surely only actual athletes get fungal foot infections?) she's still got a lot more growing up to do.
'This made me laugh and broke my heart . . . Stibbe is one of the all time greats' Daisy Buchanan
'Stibbe is one of the great comic writers of our time' Irish Times
'Pitch perfect vintage comedy' Guardian
'Lives up to its title' Sunday Times
'Joyful. Stibbe's comedy probes what it means to become an adult' Daily Telegraph
'The literary love child of Victoria Wood and Alan Bennett...this is pure laughing gas' Mail on Sunday
'Loved it! I so love Lizzie.
She is brave and kind and funny and totally original . . . I couldn't have liked it more (as I think Noel Coward said.)' Katie Fforde
'Another great from Nina Stibbe' Kathy Burke
'Very few writers can find the delicate balance between heartbreak and hilarity like Nina Stibbe' Red Magazine
'Comedy gold . . .
Reasons To Be Cheerful is just the read you need right now' Stylist
'Nina Stibbe is an author of such effortless wit that she could turn a shopping list into a bestseller' Women and Home
Nina Stibbe was born in Leicester. She is the author of two works of non-fiction - Love, Nina and An Almost Perfect Christmas - and three novels:
Man at the Helm, Paradise Lodge, and Reasons to be Cheerful, which won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction 2019. Love, Nina won Non-Fiction Book of the Year at the 2014 National Book Awards and in 2016 was adapted by Nick Hornby into a BBC series starring Faye Marsay and Helena Bonham-Carter. She lives in Cornwall.
Pitch perfect vintage comedy
Lives up to its title
My friends, you will UTTERLY ADORE Nina Stibbe's latest novel Reasons To Be Cheerful . . .It is SO SO funny, charming, odd-in-the-best-way and gorgeously uplifting! A delight from start to finish
Stibbe's comedy probes what it means to become an adult, and how we form our financial, sexual, moral and political selves