Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Reasons to Be Cheerful by Nina Stibbe.
18 year old Lizzie Vogel finds herself a new job in a dentist's surgery after answering a classified advert in the Leicester Mercury for a 'mature lady with a strong interest in dental issues'. Working for an eccentric dental surgeon who's obsessed with becoming a Freemason, Lizzie's life is uneventful, until Andy Nicolello turns up one day to deliver a crown. Lizzie seizes her chance to find love, and soon begins calling him her boyfriend even though they have never so much as kissed or even sat next to each other on the sofa. But Andy doesn't turn out to be quite what he seems...
Reasons to be Cheerful is a painfully funny account of life as a hapless teenager in 1970s Leicestershire from the bestselling author of Love, Nina, Man at the Helm and Paradise Lodge.
Pitch perfect vintage comedy
Lives up to its title
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
Stibbe's comedy probes what it means to become an adult, and how we form our financial, sexual, moral and political selves
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
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
If you loved Adrian Mole you'll adore Lizzie Vogel . . . quirky and witty, it also packs an emotional punch
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
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 true heir to Sue Townsend
'All sorts of different books can cheer us up, not just funny ones.' As we enter a New Year once again, those familiar January blues can start to creep in sooner than we might like! But Nina Stibbe, author of Reasons to be Cheerful, has the perfect antidote as she recommends five books to lift spirits and bring cheer on bad days, from guidebooks to cookery.
In a festive episode, Nina Stibbe joins Konnie Huq in the studio to discuss her new book, An Almost Perfect Christmas