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Nanny Diaries, The : A Novel - Emma McLaughlin


Published: 7th March 2002
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Nan has a tricky relationship with her employer, Mrs X. A non-existent relationship with Mr X. But she loves their little boy, Grayer, to pieces.

In between looking after four-year-old Grayer and running a thousand errands for Mrs X, his rich, uptight Manhattanite mother, Nan is trying to have some sort of life. There's college, shopping, her friends, her cat, George. And the gorgeous Harvard boy from the sixth floor . . .

But the X family's dramas keep intruding - visits from Mrs X's predatory mistress, catastrophic family outings and, as a final straw, the case of marriage-destroying panties. As drama descends into disaster and Divorce looms, Nan begins to realize how attached she's become to the X's under-loved son - and how nannying has become more than just a job.

Funny, touching and true-to-life, 'The Nanny Diaries' is a modern-day Mary Poppins story: with attitude.


not that good


2.5 stars The Nany Diaries is the first book in the Nanny series by American authors and ex-nannies, Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus. We start with a nanny called Nanny. Then we have parents Mr X and Mrs X, and their four-year-old son, Grayer. And a potential boyfriend who never gets beyond HH (=Harvard Hottie). So, ignore the silly names, and wade through the interview experiences, the ridiculous demands of these ultra-rich socialites and their first-world problems, and the brand name soup, and there's actually a reasonable story. Which is that the nanny often has a much better relationship with the children than either of the parents do. And that all that money doesn't ensure a stable marriage or a happy childhood. Nanny lacks backbone (but not self-pity) and makes quite a few unwise decisions. Nonetheless, her dedication to her four-year-old charge is genuine. The Xes are, no doubt, an amalgamation of the worst parents the authors have encountered: pretentious, shallow and selfish. This tale gives the reader some laughs, some head-shaking and some gasps at the behaviour of the rich. Is it entertaining enough that readers will want to read the sequel? Doubtful.



Nothing like Mary Poppins


Personal use.Found it to be very humourous.A very enjoyable read.



Nanny Diaries, The

3.5 2


"A national phenomenon." -"Newsweek""" "Diabolically funny." "-The New York Times" "[Nanny is] Mary Poppins channeling Dorothy Parker." -"Time""" "Impossible to put down." -"Vogue" "McLaughlin and Kraus...[have a] carefully calibrated sense of compassion and delicious sense of the absurd." -"Entertainment Weekly"

ISBN: 9780141008929
ISBN-10: 014100892X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 7th March 2002
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.3  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1