Reasons to be Cheerful

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What to expect

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.

Critics Review

  • Pitch perfect vintage comedy

    Guardian
  • Lives up to its title

    Sunday Times
  • 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

    Marian Keyes
  • Stibbe’s comedy probes what it means to become an adult, and how we form our financial, sexual, moral and political selves

    Daily Telegraph
  • 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

    New York Times
  • 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

    Caitlin Moran

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