Paradise Lodge
Nina Stibbe

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Narrated By: Helen Baxendale

Duration: 9 hours and 13 minutes

What to expect

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of Paradise Lodge by Nina Stibbe, read by Helen Baxendale.

This is the story of Lizzie Vogel, a 15 year old girl who finds herself working in an old people's home in the 1970s. The place is in chaos and it's not really a suitable job for a schoolgirl: she'd only gone for the job because it seemed too exhausting to commit to being a full-time girlfriend or a punk, and she doesn't realise there's a right and a wrong way to get someone out of a bath.

Through a cast of wonderful characters, from the assertively shy Nurse who only communicates via little grunts to the very attractive son of the Chinese take away manager, Paradise Lodge is the story of being very young, and very old, and the laughter, and the tears, in between.


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Lizzie's voice is convincingly childlike but also confidently witty... Stibbe's feat is to remain unsentimentally barbed while subtly and triumphantly demonstrating the value of the kind of understated love found within the strangest and least obviously functional families

Telegraph on 'Man at the Helm'

I am already longing for Nina Stibbe's next book

Express on 'Man at the Helm'

Fantastic. Comical, moving and brilliantly evocative of British childhood

Glamour on 'Man at the Helm'

Nina already feels like my best friend

Marian Keyes

The funniest new writer to arrive in years

Andrew O'Hagan

I can't remember a book that made me laugh more

Observer on 'Man at the Helm'

It's the most piss-funny thing I've read all year

Caitlin Moran on 'Love, Nina'

Man at the Helm wouldn't be out of place on the same shelf as Cold Comfort Farm and I Capture the Castle