Reasons To Be Cheerful: Winner of the 2019 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize Fo

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Lizzie Vogel is about to embark on grown-up life as she moves from the sheltered village existence of her family home and into the big, wide, metropolis that is Leicester. There she takes up the pioneering position of dental nurse to a dentist with bad teeth – and some deeply unpleasant attitudes. In her tiny one-bedroomed flat, Lizzie reflects on all that she’s learning: whether she’ll have to hold her boss’s cigarette while he smokes it, whether she wants a boyfriend and, if she does, whether it should be Andy Nicolello who delivers the patients’ dentures; and if it is Andy Nicolello whether it’s dangerous to allow him to become her mother’s lodger. Slowly it dawns on Lizzie that the area in which she has most to learn is life: in taking those first wobbly steps to independence, in falling in love, in navigating the ups and downs of adulthood and, most importantly, in staying cheerful through it all.

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***WINNER of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction***
***WINNER of the Comedy Women In Print Prize***

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

‘I read all of Reasons To Be Cheerful in one glorious gulp’ Caitlin Moran

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Teenager Lizzie Vogel has a new job as a dental assistant. This is not as glamorous as it sounds. At least it means mostly getting away from her alcoholic, nymphomaniacal, novel-writing mother. But, if Lizzie thinks being independent means sex with her boyfriend (he prefers bird-watching), strict boundaries (her boss keeps using her loo) or self-respect (surely only actual athletes get fungal foot infections?) she’s still got a lot more growing up to do.
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‘This made me laugh and broke my heart . . . Stibbe is one of the all time greats’ Daisy Buchanan

‘Stibbe is one of the great comic writers of our time’ Irish Times

‘Pitch perfect vintage comedy’ Guardian

‘Lives up to its title’ Sunday Times

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

‘The literary love child of Victoria Wood and Alan Bennett…this is pure laughing gas’ Mail on Sunday

‘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

‘Comedy gold . . . Reasons To Be Cheerful is just the read you need right now’ Stylist

‘Nina Stibbe is an author of such effortless wit that she could turn a shopping list into a bestseller’ Women and Home
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Weight 0.202 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 1.8 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

275

Language

English

Edition

1st paperback ed

Dewey

823.92 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K