Author(s): Nina Stibbe
'This book is the seasonal garnish we all need' Observer"My mother is not a foodie. But for as long as I can remember, once a year, she becomes possessed of a profound and desperate need to serve up a perfect roast turkey. Faced with a walk into the village though, she might think 'oh, f*** it' and decide to get a frozen one from Bejams on the 23rd and leave it to defrost in the downstairs toilet for not quite 48 hours."From perennially dry turkeys to Christmas pudding fires, from the round robin code of conduct to the risks and rewards of re-gifting, An Almost Perfect Christmas is an ode to the joy and insanity of the most wonderful time of the year.
This book is the seasonal garnish we all need. There is no subject upon which Stibbe could not entertain . . . It ends with "Zest: a vital ingredient in many Christmas dishes". But the essential zest, I'd say, is Nina Stibbe herself * Observer * The true heir to Sue Townsend -- Caitlin Moran Nina Stibbe is a national treasure -- Jon Ronson The funniest new writer to arrive in years -- Andrew O'Hagan Stibbe is an unassuming comic genius * Independent *
Nina Stibbe was born in Leicester. She is the author of Love, Nina, which was shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year Award and won Non-Fiction Book of the Year at the 2014 National Book Awards, and the massively acclaimed novel Man at the Helm, which was shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction. her most recent novel is Paradise Lodge. She lives in Cornwall with her partner and two children.