Nina Stibbe: Biography

Nina Stibbe

Nina Stibbe is a writer and author of two books. Her bestselling debut, entitled Love, Nina (2013), is a collection of witty letters to her sister that were written while nannying for May-Kay Wilmers, the editor of the London Review of Books, in the 1980s. It won the 2014 National Book Award for popular non-fiction book of the year, and was shortlisted in 2013 for the Waterstones Book of the Year. An adaptation starring Helena Bonham Carter was made for BBC in the fall of 2015. Man at the Helm (2015), a fictional novel, was shortlisted for the National Book Awards Audiobook of the Year and the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Writing.

Born in Harborough, and having grown up in Leicestershire, Nina Stibbe left for London as a teenager. After two years as a nanny, she studied humanities at Thames Polytechnic. Stibbe then worked at a frock shop in Camden before beginning a career in book publishing in 1990, eventually working as a commissioning editor at Routledge. Her sister found her letters in 1999, which eventually inspired Stibbe to write Love, Nina. A third novel, Paradise Lodge, is set to be published in June of 2016.

Nina Stibbe has lived in Cornwall with her partner, Mark Nunney, and their two children, since 2002. The family are fans of J.K. Rowling and enjoy biking. Besides writing, Stibbe also enjoys swimming and making bread. She goes for walks with Nunney or their dog, and spends most of her day writing, before the children return from school.