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Reasons to be Cheerful
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A brilliantly funny and heartbreaking story of growing up and finding the independence you might not actually want . . .

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Nina Stibbe was born in Leicester. She is the author of two works of non-fiction - Love, Nina and An Almost Perfect Christmas - and two novels- Man at the Helm and Paradise Lodge, both of which were shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction. 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.

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Pitch perfect vintage comedy * Guardian *
Lives up to its title * Sunday Times *
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 -- Marian Keyes
Stibbe's comedy probes what it means to become an adult, and how we form our financial, sexual, moral and political selves* Daily Telegraph *
So dense with amusing detail that I thought about holding the book upside down to see if any extra funny bits might spill from the creases between the page * New York Times *
I read all of Reasons To Be Cheerful last night in one GLORIOUS gulp and it's SUCH a joy - Nina Stibbe turns out more perfect, sharp, unique sentences than anyone else in the game. It just CARTWHEELS -- Caitlin Moran
If you loved Adrian Mole you'll adore Lizzie Vogel . . . quirky and witty, it also packs an emotional punch * Sun *
Comedy gold . . . Reasons To Be Cheerful is just the read you need right now, seamlessly weaving together the big themes of life with charm and warmth * Stylist *
Reasons to be Cheerful's tone has been compared to Sue Townsend's but I could haul in Alan Bennett, Barbara Pym and even Jane Austen . . . she writes brilliantly * The Times *
The true heir to Sue Townsend -- Caitlin Moran
Full of comedy, but with moving themes of loss and grief, it's an utterly charming coming of age story. A reason to be cheerful indeed * Sunday Mirror *
A joyfully meandering, episodic novel that probes what it means to become an adult * Daily Telegraph *
Very few writers can find the delicate balance between heartbreak and hilarity like Nina Stibbe * Red Magazine *
This made me laugh and broke my heart, it's a gorgeous, profound, tender book about growing up and discovering that other humans are charming, obnoxious, enlightening and odd. I think Stibbe is one of the all time greats -- Daisy Buchanan
Funny, charming, odd-in-the-best-way and gorgeously uplifting! A delight from start to finish -- Marian Keyes
'Nina Stibbe is an author of such effortless wit that she could turn a shopping list into a bestseller' -- Isabelle Broom * Women and Home *
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
A wonderfully funny novel . . . Nina Stibbe is still on sparkling form. * Oldie *
There's a strong Sue Townsend/Alan Bennett flavour to it all . . . funny and sweet * Daily Mail *
An idiosyncratic, bittersweet coming-of-age tale that certainly justifies its title * Kirkus *

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