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Man At the Helm

(2014)
A novel by

 
Awards
Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Writing Best Novel (nominee)

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


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 thirty-one 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. 'All hail a book that's funny!' Barbara Trapido '[A] joyous read, full of wit and charm . . . I am already longing for Nina Stibbe's next book' Observer 'Nine-year-old Lizzie (our narrator) is the perfect conduit for her creator, just the right mixture of childhood innocence and incredulity for the necessary deadpan delivery of Stibbe's particular brand of comedy. Read it and be charmed' Independent 'A beguilingly comic blend of naivety and precociousness' Sunday Times

 
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Used availability for Nina Stibbe's Man At the Helm


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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
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March 2015 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: 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
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August 2014 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Man at the Helm
Author(s): Nina Stibbe
ISBN: 0-241-00315-6 / 978-0-241-00315-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Viking
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Paperback Editions

January 2016 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: 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
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June 2015 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Man at the Helm
Author(s): Nina Stibbe
ISBN: 0-241-96780-5 / 978-0-241-96780-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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August 2014 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Man at the Helm
Author(s): Nina Stibbe
ISBN: 0-241-00316-4 / 978-0-241-00316-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Viking
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Audio Editions

June 2016 : MP3 CD
thumbTitle: Man at the Helm
Author(s): Nina Stibbe
ISBN: 1-5318-4202-X / 978-1-5318-4202-4
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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August 2014 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Man at the Helm
Author(s): Nina Stibbe
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

August 2014 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: Man at the Helm
Author(s): Nina Stibbe
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

March 2015 : USA Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Man at the Helm: A Novel
Author(s): Nina Stibbe
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Availability: Amazon   

August 2014 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Man at the Helm
Author(s): Nina Stibbe
Publisher: Penguin
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