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Man at the Helm

Man at the Helm

Nina Stibbe

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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The very start of Lizzie Vogel's story. From the much-loved author of Love, Nina, discover a wildly comic, brilliantly sharp-eyed novel about one family's fall from grace.

'All hail a book that's funny!' Barbara Trapido

*****

Meet Lizzie Vogel, 9.

Lizzie is concerned about her newly divorced mother; thirty-one years old and trapped in a hostile village in the English countryside with only three young children and a Labrador for company. It isn't that having a husband is good, but in 1970s rural Leicestershire, not having one is bad. The women in the village think Lizzie's mother is after their husbands - and no one will let the children into the Brownies!

Worried about their mother's drinking, her (bad) playwriting and social workers sending them off to the infamous Crescent Home for Children, Lizzie and her sister embark on a misguided campaign to find their mother a new husband.

LIZZIE'S STORY CONTINUES IN PARADISE LODGE AND REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL!

*****

'[A] joyous read, full of wit and charm . . . I am already longing for Nina Stibbe's next book' OBSERVER

'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

NINA STIBBE'S NEW NOVEL ONE DAY I SHALL ASTONISH THE WORLD IS AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW

Product Description

Title - Man at the Helm

Edition -

Author - Nina Stibbe

ISBN 13 - 9780241967805

Imprint - Penguin Books Ltd

Publisher - Penguin Books Ltd

Date Published - 18/06/2015

Prize -

No. of pages -

Binding Type - Paperback

Dimensions - 129 x 198 x 19mm

Weight - 223 g

Languages - English