Nina Stibbe

One Day I Shall Astonish the World
  • One Day I Shall Astonish the World

  • A HILARIOUS AND UPLIFTING STORY FROM THE PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR OF REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL

    'Stibbe is one of the great comic writers of our time' Irish Times
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    Vegetable-wise Roy has only ever been able to tolerate baked beans and iceberg lettuce, and I honestly thought that would be the worst thing about being married to him. Now he wants to live to a hundred and puts his fingers in his ears when I speak.

    Susan and Roy have been married for twenty years and she's beginning to wonder whether she's really happy. As her husband drives her crazy, Susan realises that that her job at the university might just be the best part of her life.

    When 2020 dawns and Susan's grown up daughter returns to the nest, along with her very strong opinions, Susan begins to question all of her life decisions. Is the marriage really worth it? What does she really want? Has she actually been really wrong about...everything?

    Nina Stibbe's new novel is about living and loving, hopes and disappointments and finding contentment: the realisation that things being 'good enough' might be pretty good after all.
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    PRAISE FOR NINA STIBBE

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

    'Joyful. Stibbe's comedy probes what it means to become an adult' Daily Telegraph

    'Pitch perfect vintage comedy' Guardian

Nina Stibbe was born in Leicester. She is the author of two works of non-fiction - Love, Nina and An Almost Perfect Christmas - and three novels: Man at the Helm, Paradise Lodge, and Reasons to be Cheerful, which won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction 2019. 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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