Reasons to be Cheerful
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 finish' - Marian Keyes * 'I read all of Reasons To Be Cheerful in one glorious gulp' - Caitlin MoranÂ
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.
'This made me laugh and broke my heart . .Â . 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.Â She is brave and kind and funny and totally original . . .Â 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 . . .Â 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