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  • Published: 2 June 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241974933
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

Paradise Lodge

Hilarity and pure escapism from a true British wit

A riotous celebration of being very young and very old - and the laughter and the tears in between

This is the story of Lizzie Vogel, a 15 year old girl who finds herself working in an old people's home in the 1970s. The place is in chaos and it's not really a suitable job for a schoolgirl: she'd only gone for the job because it seemed too exhausting to commit to being a full-time girlfriend or a punk, and she doesn't realise there is a right and a wrong way to get someone out of a bath.

Through a cast of wonderful characters, from the assertively shy Nurse who only communicates via little grunts to the very attractive son of the Chinese take away manager, Paradise Lodge is the story of being very young, and very old, and the laughter, and the tears, in between.

  • Published: 2 June 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241974933
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

About the author

Nina Stibbe

Nina Stibbe was born in Leicester. She is the author of two works of non-fiction - Love, Nina and An Almost Perfect Christmas - and three previous novels: Man at the Helm, Paradise Lodge, and Reasons to be Cheerful, which is the only novel to have won both the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction and the Comedy Women in Print Award. Love, Nina won Non-Fiction Book of the Year and was adapted by Nick Hornby into a BBC TV series. Nina Stibbe lives in Cornwall.

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Praise for Paradise Lodge

A dollop of nostalgia and very British humour


A new Nina Stibbe?! Best day ever

Emma Healey

A touch of Holden Caulfield in 1970s Leicestershire... I wouldn't mind fetching up at Paradise Lodge when my time comes: at least we'd all share a laugh, a hug and a terrible cup of tea before the dying of the light.

Lee Langley, Spectator

Irreverent, warm and hugely entertaining

Daily Mail

LOVE it! Instant classic - funny, wise, touching, entirely delightful

Marian Keyes

Stibbe is herself becoming a worthy successor to Pym, that peerless chronicler of the melancholy pleasures and small struggles of 20th-century English life on the sort of days when, as Lizzie puts it, "there was nothing for lunch except ginger cake and tins of marrowfat peas

Financial Times

The funniest new writer to arrive in years

Andrew O'Hagan

The one problem with reviewing Stibbe is that I just want to quote entire pages: it's all so brilliant. She captures exactly what it's like to be a teenager, with all its contradictions, confusions, anxieties and ambitions.

The i

There is never a dull moment in this lively, sensitive, roaringly funny tale

Daily Express

Warm, funny story


Winsomely naïve yet confident

Sunday Times

Witty and thoroughly chortle inducing

The Lady

Laugh-out-loud funny and full of spot-on 1970s details

Good Housekeeping

Stibbe is a terrific writer with a gift for sharp dialogue

Evening Standard

Stibbe looks at another chapter of her life through the prism of her trademark deadpan, acutely observed humour


The whole book surprises and impresses... I'm not surprised to see that Stibbe's writing has been compared to Jane Austen's

Emma Healey, Guardian

There is a laugh out loud moment in every chapter. Paradise Lodge brilliantly captures the internal panic of a teenager

Kathy Burke

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