‘Love, Nina’ to be on TV

Love, Nina: despatches from family lifeNina Stibbe’s prize-winning book ‘Love, Nina’ is being turned into a five part drama of thirty minute episodes to be shown on BBC One. It won the non-fiction Book of the Year award at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014.

Nick Hornby will adapt it, his first drama for TV. He said: “Love, Nina has already attained the status of a modern classic, and I am so happy that I’ve been given the opportunity to adapt it. We want to make a series that is as charming, funny and delightful as Nina Stibbe’s glorious book.”

Love, Nina: despatches from family life by Nina Stibbe – In the 1980s Nina Stibbe wrote letters home to her sister in Leicester describing her trials and triumphs as a nanny to a London family. There’s a cat nobody likes, a visiting dog called Ted Hughes (Ted for short) and suppertime visits from a local playwright. Not to mention the two boys, their favourite football teams, and rude words, a very broad-minded mother and assorted nice chairs. From the mystery of the unpaid milk bill and the avoidance of nuclear war to mealtime discussions on pie filler, the greats of English literature, swearing in German and sexually transmitted diseases, ‘Love, Nina’ is a wonderful celebration of bad food, good company and the relative merits of Thomas Hardy and Enid Blyton.

 

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Love, Nina: despatches from family life

The miniaturistCatch up on the rest of the Specsavers National Book Award winners. Most are rated 5* by Leeds Readers

Nina Stibbe’s ‘Love, Nina’ was named Non-fiction Book of the Year. The author said she was “stunned” at the reception the book, made up of letters she wrote to her sister during her time as a nanny in the 1980s. Nick Hornby is adapting ‘Love, Nina’ for the screen, and she is currently working on a sequel to ‘Man at the Helm’ her début novel released earlier this year.

Jessie Burton was awarded the ‘Books Are My Bag’ New Writer of the Year Award for ‘The Miniaturist’. She is working on a second novel, set during the Spanish Civil War and the London art scene in the 1960s.

The shock of the fallPlenty moreNathan Filer was another debut novelist among the winners at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014 for The Shock of the Fall’ which won the Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the Year. It crowned a year which started with the book winning the Costa Book of the Year award.

David Walliams’ Awful Auntie’ was named Children’s Book of the Year, the third consecutive year a Walliams novel won the award, and the book was also the winner of the Audible Audiobook of the Year award.

Crime Book of the Year was awarded to Terry Hayes’ I Am Pilgrim.

Yotam Ottolenghi won the Food and Drink of the Year award for ‘Plenty More’.

Alan Johnson’s memoir Please, Mister Postman’ (the sequel to ‘This Boy’), was named the winner of the Magic FM Autobiography/Biography of the Year.

International Author of the Year was Karen Joy Fowler for the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves’.