Summer reading: the 30 best holiday reads – chosen by authors and critics
Novelists including Johny Pitts, Monica Ali and Nina Stibbe – plus Observer critics – on their essential holiday books
02, Jul, 2022 @1:00 PM
My mother was a ruthless ditcher of friends – should I dump my most annoying mates?
The novelist Nina Stibbe has watched her mum cast off friends at the drop of a hat. Is it time to follow suit?
23, Apr, 2022 @11:00 AM
No tree, no presents and now no TV – was this going to be our worst Christmas ever?
We had been looking forward to watching unlimited television, but the set was on the blink. Then came a knock at the door …
20, Dec, 2021 @7:00 AM
Dreaming of a better future? Ali Smith, Malcolm Gladwell and more on books to inspire change
As our thoughts turn to life after the pandemic, authors from this year’s Hay festival choose books that have inspired lasting change in them
Ali Smith, Malcolm Gladwell, Imbolo Mbue, Sathnam Sanghera, Alice Roberts, Guvna B, Horatio Clare, Val McDermid, Kehinde Andrews, Jon McGregor, Tahmima Anam, Nina Stibbe, Hafsa Zayyan, Maaza Mengiste, Monique Roffey, Peter Scott-Morgan, Hollie McNish, Mel Giedroyc and Maggie Shipstead
29, May, 2021 @7:00 AM
Nina Stibbe: 'I read a few pages of Moby-Dick and switched to Jaws'
The author on being inspired by Sue Townsend, frightened by Beatrix Potter – and the monologue she wishes she’d written
18, Sep, 2020 @9:00 AM
How to be hopeful: Nina Stibbe on why optimism is a gift – even if all your plans fall through
The novelist and diarist refused to hope, until she saw how much her sister gained from it, regardless of the outcome
15, Dec, 2019 @2:00 PM
Nina Stibbe on Fleckney: ‘I’m thinking of having its duck pond tattooed on my arm’
The author on chip fights, family shame – and starting a new life in the Leicestershire village
13, Apr, 2019 @11:00 AM
Francis Plug: Writer in Residence by Paul Ewen review – a comic adventure
Aspiring author Francis Plug has a shot at academia, in another hilarious satire of the precarious writing life
27, Sep, 2018 @7:58 AM
How to win the battle of Christmas as a guest – or as a host
Whether you’re staying with friends or family or hosting, use these double cunning tips to avoid starving or watching the wrong festive TV
23, Dec, 2017 @6:00 AM
On my radar: Nina Stibbe’s cultural highlights
The author on the joys of sleeper trains, genetically engineered pigs and women’s wrestling
23, Jul, 2017 @9:00 AM
My life before writing: Nina Stibbe on an ambition to work in a sawmill
I was captivated by a picture book showing happy workers at the edge of a forest - but could Leicestershire offer up enough timber?
24, Jun, 2016 @11:00 AM
Nina Stibbe's letter to her younger self: 'Try not to have a weave perm'
As her comic bestseller Love, Nina is televised, the author writes a letter to her twentysomething self, with tips on how to survive the literary London of the 1980s
18, May, 2016 @10:00 AM
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