Went to London, Took the Dog

Nina Stibbe


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Pan Macmillan
20 June 2024
ISBN: 9781035025312
352 pages

From the publisher

Ten years after the publication of the prize-winning Love, Nina comes the author's diary of her return to London in her 61st year.

From the beloved writer Nina Stibbe, a warm and funny story of a woman changing her life at 60.

'A unique comic voice, endlessly funny' - David Nicholls, author of One Day

'Painfully funny, but also deeply moving' - Meg Mason, author of Sorrow and Bliss

What does it mean to start again at sixty?

Nina Stibbe is surprised to find herself asking this question as she leaves married life behind in Cornwall and heads back to London after twenty years away for what she calls ‘a year-long sabbatical’.

She takes up lodgings at the house of writer Deborah Moggach, unprepared for how she, and the city, has changed and now wondering whether freedom is all it’s cracked up to be . . .

As heard on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour

'An utter, UTTER treat! It was like spending time with my most clever, insightful, funny, FUNNY friend' - Marian Keyes

'Vulnerable, sharp, funny, wise' Bonnie Garmus, author of Lessons in Chemistry

'No one writes heartbreak more hilariously, or hilarity more heartbreakingly' - Katherine Heiny

'So sharp and funny, blissfully gossipy, enviably well-observed . . . I loved it' - India Knight