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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books (August 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594487162
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594487163
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,350,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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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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By Marcy on September 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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It took a few chapters to get into..but then I really enjoyed this book. Although it is set in London it could be New York , so it is easy to relate to . It is not only a fun gossipy kind of book, it it is also full of real human struggle stories and of course the financial meltdown of 2008..which I now have a better understanding of..I loved the authors other book as well..Slummy Mummy.
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Alli is a 22 year old woman who moved to London to become a Nanny for Byrony and Nick Skinner who are very wealthy.

She is in charge of taking care of their six year old twins and a tutor for their 18 year old son and 14 year old daughter. For a while things seem to be normal, Nick and Byrony work all the time Alli takes care of the kids while making friends with some other nannys from eastern Europe. She also spends alot of time with Byrony's parents Foy and Tita and goes with the Skinners when they go to Foy and Tita's house in Greece.

Things then start to take a turn though. The recession of 2008 is hurting Nick and Byrony's business amd Foy has a stroke during his 70'th birthday party. Then Nick is arrested along with a friend for insider trading.

Alli stays with the family and at first does not believe that Nick did such a thing, then Byrony is arrested as an accomplice and Alli helps to prove that she did not do it.

All in all a very interesting book. The only issue I had with it was that at Foy's party he starts to sing American Pie because it was the song that was playing when he first met Tita. The only problem with that was that he supposedly met her in 1959 and the song did not come out till 1971.
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This bok is a wonderfully written account of the peoplee who have so much money they have no real idea about loving or giving kindess to the family or their fellow man. They are almost card board people. Ali and the twins are the two in the book who need hugs and kisses. alas, ali finds her hogs given by Jake who is not worthy of her.

It doesnt end well for all the characters in this book
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Format: Kindle Edition
This book starts with a lot of promise, but then I think gets a bit confused about what it wants to be. Based on the title and first chapter, I expected it to be a financial mystery type book, where the focus is on how Ali, the 'nanny' of the title, determines who is guilty and who is innocent in the financial and legal scandal that the family she works for has become embroiled in. And in fact, this IS where the book ends up, but along the way the focus is much more on Ali's inner life and personal experiences - classic chicklit type stuff. So it ended up feeling a little like a confused mixture of chicklit and financial mystery, and the ending isn't quite satisfying on either front.

The story centers on Ali, the twenty-something nanny to Nick and Bryony Skinner, a wealthy London power couple with 4 kids - 2 teens and 5 year-old twins Hector and Alfie. Nick is an investment banking guru, while Bryony is a PR exec with her own firm. The book spans the two years Ali works for them just prior to and during the financial meltdown of 2008. Ali comes from a humble background, and has left university both to make money and to escape her troubled family. The book is really centered on her inner journey as she comes in contact with the uber-wealthy world of her employers, becomes emotionally attached, and strives to find her own sense of identity. The book might have been fine if it had stayed solely focused on this, and kept the financial scandal that befalls the Skinners as background, but in fact, many pages are devoted to conversations between characters about this financial meltdown, and while much of this offers a very interesting 'outsider' take on what happened during this time, it also gives the book a schizophrenic feeling. Is it a novel about Ali or the financial meltdown?
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Format: Hardcover
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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