Reasons to Be Cheerful

Nina Stibbe

Contemporary Fiction · Great for: Fans of comic fiction

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WINNER of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction***
*WINNER of the Comedy Women In Print Prize*

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.

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An uplifting, laugh out loud novel about growing up in the 1980s.