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Man At The Helm - Nina Stibbe

18-06-2015

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Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

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Man At The Helm

Man at the Helm
My sister and I and our little brother were born into a very good situation and apart from the odd new thing life was humdrum and comfortable until an evening in 1970 when my mother listened in to my father's phone call and ended up blowing her nose on a tea towel - a thing she'd only have done in an absolute emergency.

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joyous read, full of wit and charm...I am already longing for Nina Stibbe's next book." (Observer). "Nine-year-old Lizzie (our narrator) is the perfect conduit for her creator, just the right mixture of childhood innocence and incredulity for the necessary deadpan delivery of Stibbe's particular brand of comedy. Read it and be charmed." (Independent). "A beguilingly comic blend of naivety and precociousness." (Sunday Times).

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Number of Pages 320

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there is real darkness here, which makes the humour shimmer all the more Independent on Sunday Lizzie's voice is convincingly childlike but also confidently witty ... What is most moving here - and what makes the book most similar to Love, Nina - is its celebration of the happiness possible within the family. Stibbe's feat is to remain unsentimentally barbed while subtly and triumphantly demonstrating the value of the kind of understated love found within the strangest and least obviously functional families Telegraph Fans of Love, Nina will not be disappointed. Amusing, the writing is never less than accomplished Daily Mail This densely populated coming-of-age story (for both mother and children) has retained and even expanded on Stibbe's signature antic charm ... The appeal of Stibbe's novel lies less in plotting than in the way she shades a sequence of comic vignettes with seriously sad undertones. It's not too much of a stretch to conclude that Man at the Helm, with its jauntily matter-of-fact social satire, wouldn't be out of place on the same shelf as Cold Comfort Farm and I Capture the Castle New York Times
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