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About the Author
Nina Stibbe is the author of Love, Nina, Man at the Helm, Paradise Lodge, and An Almost Perfect Christmas. She lives in England with her husband and their two children.
PRAISE FOR REASONS TO BE CHEERFULWinner of the 2019 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction
"The reliably hilarious Stibbe may have outdone herself with this witty, '80s-England-set exploration of one woman's struggles in early adulthood."
—David Canfield, Entertainment Weekly
"A quirky, charming novel about an uncertain young dental assistant's coming of age."
"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."
—Susan Coll, The New York Times
"I read all of Reasons To Be Cheerful
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."—Caitlin Moran, bestselling author of HOW TO BE A WOMAN
"Stibbe proves she can channel the mind of a young woman and takes the reader on a coming-of-age journey that plucks at the heartstrings of every emotion."
"Heart-skippingly funny, but also psychologically incisive, socially adept, and disarmingly poignant."
—Booklist, starred review
"Stibbe, a master of low-key observation and throwaway punchlines, captures Lizzie's romantic uncertainty and open, sometimes-wounded heart while also pointing up the intermittent absurdity and restrictions of life for women in provincial England in the early 1980s.An idiosyncratic, bittersweet coming-of-age tale that certainly justifies its title."
"Nina Stibbe is funny and lovely."
"To read a Nina Stibbe novel is to experience joy. REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL is the story of one young dental assistant's journey into adulthood. It's endearing, delightful, and funny in the smartest way. This novel shines from within."
—Elin Hilderbrand, bestselling author of THE PERFECT COUPLE
"SO SO funny, charming, odd-in-the-best-way and gorgeously uplifting! A delight from start to finish."
—Marian Keyes, bestselling author of RACHEL'S HOLIDAY
"This made me laugh and broke my heart . . . Stibbe is one of the all time greats."
"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.)"
"Another great from Nina Stibbe."
"The literary love child of Victoria Wood and Alan Bennett...this is pure laughing gas."
—Neil Armstrong, Mail on Sunday
"Very few writers can find the delicate balance between heartbreak and hilarity like Nina Stibbe."
"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
"There is innocence, and the loss of innocence, and the reassertion of a wider and better sort of innocence. The spirit of Victoria Wood, I think, hovers over the way Stibbe generates tender human sympathy through an accumulation of mundane provincial detail."
"Full of comedy, but with moving themes of loss and grief, it's an utterly charming coming of age story. A reason to be cheerful indeed."
"If you loved Adrian Mole you'll adore Lizzie Vogel...quirky and witty, it also packs an emotional punch."
"This wonderfully funny novel...she's still on sparkling form."
"Lizzie is a witty, observant guide...while there are plenty of good gags and needle-sharp quips, the novel is most effective when not trying to be funny."