What the Nanny Saw Hardcover – Aug 2 2012
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"[Fiona Neill] mixes delicious high-roller tidbits with well-rendered characters who illustrate why—and how—the rich are different."—People
"After an uberwealthy London family gets embroiled in a financial scandal following the 2008 crash, the trusted babysitter is the one holding all the secrets. Neill’s engrossing and funny novel lives up to the titillating title."—Entertainment Weekly
“Readers expecting a salacious, lighthearted romp, as anything with the word 'nanny' in the title might suggest, will find that Neill has something more substantive and biting in mind.”—Booklist
"Neill’s engrossing tale makes for an addictive read, and one can only keep turning the pages to get to the inescapable conclusion."—Library Journal
"Neill concocts a darkly fascinating portrait of the stupid-rich, and the morally superior immigrant maids they press into service. . . . In this fast-paced, dishy morality tale, Neill also delivers a thoughtful dissection of how greed and hubris helped bring the banking industry to its knees in 2008."—Publishers Weekly
"[Neill's] portrayal of the family is happily addictive and their greed-driven downfall a little bit delicious."—Kirkus
About the Author
Fiona Neill is a novelist and a journalist. Her previous novel, Slummy Mummy, based on her hugely popular column in the London Times, was widely acclaimed and went on to become a Sunday Times bestseller that sold in twenty-five countries. Neill lives in North London with her husband and three children.
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And the description of the household and its inhabitants tells you all you need to know about everybody and their outlook and circumstances.
Although this book was slow-paced, I still enjoyed it quite a lot. I felt like the pacing was somewhat deliberate in that it really steeped you in the world in which this story takes place and it was a long burn up to a big melt-down which was exactly how things seem to go back in 2008. Despite this being a rather serious story, humor and some interesting characters were nicely mixed in to keep it from being didactic.
She is in charge of taking care of their six year old twins and a tutor for their 18 year old son and 14 year old daughter. For a while things seem to be normal, Nick and Byrony work all the time Alli takes care of the kids while making friends with some other nannys from eastern Europe. She also spends alot of time with Byrony's parents Foy and Tita and goes with the Skinners when they go to Foy and Tita's house in Greece.
Things then start to take a turn though. The recession of 2008 is hurting Nick and Byrony's business amd Foy has a stroke during his 70'th birthday party. Then Nick is arrested along with a friend for insider trading.
Alli stays with the family and at first does not believe that Nick did such a thing, then Byrony is arrested as an accomplice and Alli helps to prove that she did not do it.
All in all a very interesting book. The only issue I had with it was that at Foy's party he starts to sing American Pie because it was the song that was playing when he first met Tita. The only problem with that was that he supposedly met her in 1959 and the song did not come out till 1971.