Nina Stibbe moved to London in 1982 to work as a nanny for Mary-Kay Wilmers, the editor of the London Review of Books. In the years following, she wrote letters home to her sister in Leicester, and Love, Nina is the result.
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TELEVISION / Dusting down the mental furniture: Kevin Jackson spends A Night In with Alan Bennett, wondering Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? and recalling Abigail's Party
Monday 06 July 1992
WHEN they first appeared in British homes, Alan Bennett recalled, television sets were done up in heavy wooden disguises - pretending to be something less vulgar, such as gun cabinets. The old-style set might thus be thought of as a visual euphemism rather like the commode: 'Looks like a chair, actually it's a lavatory.' The playwright used this phrase as title for his introduction to A Night In with Alan Bennett (BBC 2, Sunday), a ploy which could itself be seen as an act of camouflage. It suggested something quaint and comfy, yet soon proved to be full of anger and personal barbs: looked like a chaise longue, actually it was an Iron Maiden.
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