New Authors     New Books     Coming Soon     Most Popular     Top Authors    
     New Books     Coming Soon     
book cover of Man At the Helm

Man At the Helm

(2014)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Writing Best Novel (nominee)
National Book Award Winner

Man at the Helm, the debut novel from Nina Stibbe - the much-loved author of Love, Nina - is a wildly comic, brilliantly sharp-eyed novel about the horrors of being an attractive divorcee in an English village in the 1970s, and a family's fall from grace....

My sister and I and our little brother were born (in that order) into a very good situation and apart from the odd new thing life was humdrum and comfortable until an evening in 1970 when my mother listened in to my father's phone call and ended up blowing her nose on a tea towel - a thing she'd only have done in an absolute emergency.

Not long after her parents' separation, heralded by an awkward scene involving a wet Daily Telegraph and a pan of cold eggs, nine-year-old Lizzie Vogel, her sister and little brother and their now-divorcee mother are packed off to a small, slightly hostile village in the English countryside. Their mother is all alone, only 31 years of age, with three young children and a Labrador. It is no wonder, when you put it like that, that she becomes a menace and a drunk. And a playwright.

Worried about the bad playwriting - though more about becoming wards of court and being sent to the infamous Crescent Home for Children - Lizzie and her sister decide to contact, by letter, suitable men in the area. In order to stave off the local social worker they urgently need to find a new Man at the Helm.

Nina Stibbe was born in Leicester. She is the author of the hugely acclaimed, Love, Nina. She now lives in Cornwall with her partner and two children. Man at the Helm is her first novel.

    Get it on Google Play

"How deliciously fresh and funny she is." - Deborah Moggach


Similar Books by other authors...


Used availability for Nina Stibbe's Man At the Helm

Hardback Editions

August 2015 : UK Hardback

Title: Man at the Helm
Author(s): Nina Stibbe
ISBN: 1-4448-2496-1 / 978-1-4448-2496-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Charnwood
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


March 2015 : USA Hardback
thumb

Title: Man at the Helm: A Novel
Author(s): Nina Stibbe
ISBN: 0-316-28667-2 / 978-0-316-28667-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


August 2014 : UK Hardback
thumb

Title: Man at the Helm
Author(s): Nina Stibbe
ISBN: 0-241-00315-6 / 978-0-241-00315-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Viking
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

January 2016 : USA Paperback
thumb

Title: Man at the Helm: A Novel
Author(s): Nina Stibbe
ISBN: 0-316-28670-2 / 978-0-316-28670-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


June 2015 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: Man at the Helm
Author(s): Nina Stibbe
ISBN: 0-241-96780-5 / 978-0-241-96780-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


August 2014 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: Man at the Helm
Author(s): Nina Stibbe
ISBN: 0-241-00316-4 / 978-0-241-00316-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Viking
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

June 2016 : MP3 CD
thumb

Title: Man at the Helm
Author(s): Nina Stibbe
ISBN: 1-5318-4202-X / 978-1-5318-4202-4
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


August 2014 : USA Audio edition
thumb

Title: Man at the Helm
Author(s): Nina Stibbe
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   


August 2014 : Canada Audio edition
thumb

Title: Man at the Helm
Author(s): Nina Stibbe
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon CA   


August 2014 : UK Audio edition
thumb

Title: Man at the Helm
Author(s): Nina Stibbe
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

March 2015 : USA Kindle edition
thumb

Title: Man at the Helm: A Novel
Author(s): Nina Stibbe
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Availability: Amazon   


August 2014 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumb

Title: Man at the Helm
Author(s): Nina Stibbe
Publisher: Penguin
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA