Nina came to London in the 1980s and was employed as a nanny in a literary North London family. She can’t cook and her employer doesn’t object to her interesting approach to looking after the two boys, which means that Nina’s letters home to her sister make for very amusing, and sometimes laugh-out-loud reading.
Nothing exciting or outrageous happens, but the everyday events of family life are reported in these chatty letters to Vic which include recipe tips and reports of conversations over the dinner table with famous neighbours who call round for meals.
In the second part of the book, the literary influences begin to have an effect on Nina and she struggles through an A level in English Literature, in order to get into higher education. I loved the light touch that she gives to the unfolding story, and am delighted that she’s gone on to have her first novel published – I’ll definitely be borrowing it!