What the Nanny Saw by Fiona Neill

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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.

 

About Fiona Neill

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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.
 
Published August 2, 2012 by Riverhead. 465 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A university student gets an insider’s look at the world banking crisis when she becomes nanny to a London financier, from the British author of Slummy Mummy (2007).

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Filthy-rich Bryony and Nick Skinner wanted a modern-day Mary Poppins, but what they needed was a superwoman who could “tread on the map of family life without leaving a big imprint.” Twenty-one-year-old Ali Sparrow was perfect: eager to raise money to finish school, get away from a going-nowh...

Jun 25 2012 | Read Full Review of What the Nanny Saw

Examiner

In the end, it is Ali, the insignificant nanny, who has the power to save the Skinner family.

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Entertainment Weekly

Neill's descriptions of these luxuries are so tantalizing, she makes the Skinners far more sympathetic than Ali, who obnoxiously corrects Nick about literature and gets flirty with his son Jake.

Aug 09 2012 | Read Full Review of What the Nanny Saw

Bookmarks Magazine

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...

Aug 29 2012 | Read Full Review of What the Nanny Saw

Red Online

Red says: ‘Be it modern nanny or old-fashioned governess, it is a much adopted to device to use her as the central character.

Aug 25 2011 | Read Full Review of What the Nanny Saw

When Ali considers the debt she's accruing and the ill-advised affair with her married tutor, she decides to discontinue her studies at university. She takes a job as nanny for wealthy, privileged Nick and Bryony Skinner. She must become accustomed to being treated with courtesy and generosity on...

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