What the Nanny Saw

What the Nanny Saw

Book - 2012
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It's the summer of 2008. For the past decade Nick and Bryony Skinner and their four children have ridden high on the economic boom, but their luck is about to run out. Suddenly, the privileged family finds itself at the center of a financial scandal:
their Central London house is besieged by the press, Nick disappears, and Bryony and the children become virtual prisoners in their own home. And Ali, their trusted nanny, watches it all. As the babysitter, she brings a unique insider-outsider perspective to the family, seeing far more than even the family itself is capable of. But when a reporter with a personal connection to the story comes asking her for the inside scoop, will Ali remain loyal to the family who never saw her as anything other than the help? Or will she tell her side?

Written with Fiona Neill's delicious humor and addictive style, What the Nanny Saw is a keenly observed, often comical chronicle of the urban wealthy elite, of parents who are often too busy to notice what is going on under their own noses, of children left to their own devices, and of a young nanny thrown into a role she doesn't know how to play. It is a morality tale of our time, a tale of betrayal, the corrosive influence of too much money, and why good people sometimes do bad things.

Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2012.
ISBN: 9781594487163
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 450 p. ; 24 cm.


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siammarino May 03, 2014

Do you remember when the housing bubble burst, banks and investment firms failed? This book is about a nanny who works for a wealthy London family during those times. I loved the insider view she gives in to the collapse of Lehman brothers and how it affects the family she works for. If you had an 18 year old son, would you employ a pretty 22 year-old nanny?

Oct 28, 2012

Contemporary read which (hopefully) will cause the reader to question the value of money versus family.


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