Reasons to be Cheerful
  • Reasons to be Cheerful

  • Nina Stibbe

    <h2> 'Funny, charming, odd-in-the-best-way and gorgeously uplifting! A delight from start to finish' Marian Keyes </h2>

    <h2> 'I read all of Reasons To Be Cheerful in one glorious gulp' Caitlin Moran </h2>
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    'When people in the village heard I was about to start working in the city they tried to unsettle me with tales of woe. The sun, blotted out by the tall buildings, couldn't shine and the rain was poisoned by the toxic fumes that poured from the sock factories. My skin would be covered in pimples from the hell of it all'

    So begins a young woman's journey to adulthood. Lizzie Vogel leaves her alcoholic, novel-writing mother and heads for Leicester to work for a racist, barely competent dentist obsessed with joining the freemasons.

    Soon Lizzie is heading reluctantly, if at top speed, into the murky depths of adult life: where her driving instructor becomes her best friend; her first boyfriend prefers birdwatching to sex and where independence for a teenage girl might just be another word for loneliness.

    In Reasons to Be Cheerful Nina Stibbe shows her extraordinary gift for illuminating the vital details which make us human. She is that rare writer who makes us laugh whilst reminding us of the joy, and the pain, of being alive.
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    'This made me laugh and broke my heart . . . Stibbe is one of the all time greats' Daisy Buchanan

    '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

    '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

    'Nina Stibbe is an author of such effortless wit that she could turn a shopping list into a bestseller' Isabelle Broom, 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 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.