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What the Nanny Saw [Hardcover]

Fiona Neill
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Book Description

Aug. 7 2012

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.

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"[Fiona Neill] mixes delicious high-roller tidbits with well-rendered characters who illustrate whyand howthe 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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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring Sept. 15 2013
By lalto
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I just couldn't finish this. Tried, but just got too bored. it's too bad because I enjoyed her last book, but this one just left me cold.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointment Aug. 14 2012
By Book Lover - Published on Amazon.com
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I had read the author's previous book - "Slummy Mummy" and really enjoyed it so I was looking forward to reading this book. However, I found the story to be very slow moving and the plot quite unoriginal. Nothing really happened and none of the characters developed in any way. I had to push myself to finish it. I would not recommend it at all.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow Burn Sept. 27 2012
By Marcy - Published on Amazon.com
Any fans of Slummy Mummy will likely enjoy this book as well. Once again Ms. Neill takes a weighty topic and infuses humor and humanness to make it very accessible.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What the Nanny Saw Sept. 7 2012
By Dottie M - Published on Amazon.com
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Really enjoyed this book. It is timely and the protagonist (Nanny) was well-written and the reader likes her and understands her feelings perfectly.
And the description of the household and its inhabitants tells you all you need to know about everybody and their outlook and circumstances.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Believable and Entertaining April 15 2013
By Jean Myles - Published on Amazon.com
I really liked What the Nanny Saw, I was compelled to read it quickly and I never fell asleep while reading, which happens all the time because I always read before bed. I liked the story, it was believable and entertaining. I enjoyed all of the characters, even the ones I didn't like were developed well. And as a former nanny I related to everything that happened.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A really good read Jan. 4 2013
By B. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a book to begin when you have time because you won't want to put it down once you've begun reading it.
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