Nina Stibbe – Doctor of Letters

Thursday 25 January, 3pm

Press comment: “To be recognised by the University of Leicester, in my hometown, in the centenary year of women first getting the vote is the biggest honour of my life. I am absolutely thrilled.”

Biography: Nina Stibbe was born and grew up with three siblings in Leicester. After spells working in a nursing home and as a dental nurse, she left Leicester to work as a nanny in London.

Nina attended Thames Polytechnic (now the University of Greenwich), graduating with a degree in Humanities in 1987. She had a career in academic book publishing before getting her first book deal in 2012 – at the age of 50. She now lives in Cornwall with her partner and two teenage children.

Nina is the author of Love, Nina – winner of the Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award at the National Book Awards 2014 and shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year. The book was BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week upon publication and was adapted into a 5-part series for BBC television which aired in 2016. Love, Nina was based upon letters written to her sister back in Leicestershire detailing her experiences of mingling with literary figures such as Alan Bennett, Jonathan Miller, Claire Tomalin and Michael Frayn during her time as a nanny in London. Her novels Man at the Helm and Paradise Lodge were adapted for serialisation on BBC Radio 4 and shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction. Her latest book An Almost Perfect Christmas – a collection of stories and articles – was published in December 2017. She is currently working on the third of her ‘Vogel’ novels, which are all set in Leicester.

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