Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of Paradise Lodge by Nina Stibbe, read by Helen Baxendale.
This is the story of Lizzie Vogel, a 15 year old girl who finds herself working in an old people's home in the 1970s. The place is in chaos and it's not really a suitable job for a schoolgirl: she'd only gone for the job because it seemed too exhausting to commit to being a full-time girlfriend or a punk, and she doesn't realise there's a right and a wrong way to get someone out of a bath.
Through a cast of wonderful characters, from the assertively shy Nurse who only communicates via little grunts to the very attractive son of the Chinese take away manager, Paradise Lodge is the story of being very young, and very old, and the laughter, and the tears, in between.
It's the most piss-funny thing I've read all year
The funniest new writer to arrive in years
Nina already feels like my best friend
I am already longing for Nina Stibbe's next book
I can't remember a book that made me laugh more
Man at the Helm wouldn't be out of place on the same shelf as Cold Comfort Farm and I Capture the Castle
Lizzie's voice is convincingly childlike but also confidently witty... Stibbe's feat is to remain unsentimentally barbed while subtly and triumphantly demonstrating the value of the kind of understated love found within the strangest and least obviously functional families
Fantastic. Comical, moving and brilliantly evocative of British childhood
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In a festive episode, Nina Stibbe joins Konnie Huq in the studio to discuss her new book, An Almost Perfect Christmas