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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover (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: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #814,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Customer Reviews

Entertaining, fast read.
Sandi S.
I found the book somewhat hard going, probably because it isn't my usual read, however, I stuck with it to the end and found it more enjoyable towards the end.
Mr. A. Trafford
Neill writes well, her characters were believable and the way she wove the business story into the personal story was impressive.
M

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Book Lover on August 14, 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dottie M on September 7, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jean Myles on April 15, 2013
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Brown on January 4, 2013
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This is a book to begin when you have time because you won't want to put it down once you've begun reading it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 16, 2012
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I am still struggling to get into this book. I am about halfway through. I cannot decide if we are supposed to like the characters or not! I keep finding other things to read instead of dedicating my reading time to finishing this book, so I guess that is the answer. Free to a good home!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jujibird on September 6, 2012
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Interesting and enjoyable reading. A great insight into how the other half live. Chick lit with intelligence. I would recommend to all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Erickson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 2, 2012
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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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