Reasons to be Cheerful
Nina Stibbe

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Narrated By: Gemma Whelan

Duration: 9 hours and 5 minutes

What to expect

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Reasons to Be Cheerful by Nina Stibbe.

18 year old Lizzie Vogel finds herself a new job in a dentist's surgery after answering a classified advert in the Leicester Mercury for a 'mature lady with a strong interest in dental issues'. Working for an eccentric dental surgeon who's obsessed with becoming a Freemason, Lizzie's life is uneventful, until Andy Nicolello turns up one day to deliver a crown. Lizzie seizes her chance to find love, and soon begins calling him her boyfriend even though they have never so much as kissed or even sat next to each other on the sofa. But Andy doesn't turn out to be quite what he seems...

Reasons to be Cheerful is a painfully funny account of life as a hapless teenager in 1970s Leicestershire from the bestselling author of Love, Nina, Man at the Helm and Paradise Lodge.


Modern and contemporary fiction, Contemporary romance, Humorous fiction, Family life fiction, Narrative theme: Coming of age, Narrative theme: Sense of place

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Pitch perfect vintage comedy


Lives up to its title

Sunday Times

My friends, you will UTTERLY ADORE Nina Stibbe's latest novel Reasons To Be Cheerful . . .It is SO SO funny, charming, odd-in-the-best-way and gorgeously uplifting! A delight from start to finish

Marian Keyes

Stibbe's comedy probes what it means to become an adult, and how we form our financial, sexual, moral and political selves

Daily Telegraph

So dense with amusing detail that I thought about holding the book upside down to see if any extra funny bits might spill from the creases between the page

New York Times

I read all of Reasons To Be Cheerful last night in one GLORIOUS gulp and it's SUCH a joy - Nina Stibbe turns out more perfect, sharp, unique sentences than anyone else in the game. It just CARTWHEELS

Caitlin Moran

If you loved Adrian Mole you'll adore Lizzie Vogel . . . quirky and witty, it also packs an emotional punch


Comedy gold . . . Reasons To Be Cheerful is just the read you need right now, seamlessly weaving together the big themes of life with charm and warmth


Reasons to be Cheerful's tone has been compared to Sue Townsend's but I could haul in Alan Bennett, Barbara Pym and even Jane Austen . . . she writes brilliantly

The Times

The true heir to Sue Townsend

Caitlin Moran

Full of comedy, but with moving themes of loss and grief, it's an utterly charming coming of age story. A reason to be cheerful indeed

Sunday Mirror

A joyfully meandering, episodic novel that probes what it means to become an adult

Daily Telegraph

Very few writers can find the delicate balance between heartbreak and hilarity like Nina Stibbe

Red Magazine

This made me laugh and broke my heart, it's a gorgeous, profound, tender book about growing up and discovering that other humans are charming, obnoxious, enlightening and odd. I think Stibbe is one of the all time greats

Daisy Buchanan

Funny, charming, odd-in-the-best-way and gorgeously uplifting! A delight from start to finish

Marian Keyes

'Nina Stibbe is an author of such effortless wit that she could turn a shopping list into a bestseller'

Women and Home

Loved it! I so love Lizzie. She is brave and kind and funny and totally original . . . I couldn't have liked it more (as I think Noel Coward said.)

Katie Fforde

A wonderfully funny novel . . . Nina Stibbe is still on sparkling form.


There's a strong Sue Townsend/Alan Bennett flavour to it all . . . funny and sweet

Daily Mail

An idiosyncratic, bittersweet coming-of-age tale that certainly justifies its title