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  • Title: What The Nanny Saw
  • Author: Fiona Neill
  • ISBN: 9780241956526
  • Page: 152
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 inIt 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 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.
    What The Nanny Saw It s the summer of 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 fi

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    1. When I began reading What the Nanny Saw I wasn t overly impressed or bowled away by the first few chapters It seemed slow to start and only mildly interesting However, as I delved deeper into the book, I found it harder and harder to put down The plot was absolutely compelling.If I were to rate this book on character development alone, I would probably give it a two While the story is rich with characters, I found that I was indifferent to them The main character Ali is the nanny who sees all in [...]

    2. At first glance you might think that this book is another story of a young female being overworked while caring for privileged children of rich snobby parents, ala The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin But if you keep up with this story you come across a much deeper read that involves the 2008 banking crises, family interactions and even the theme of trust and loyalty.Nick Skinner is the managing director of an investment bank connected with a major US investment bank Bryony owns a financial publ [...]

    3. What the Nanny Did or What the Nanny Didn t Do but Should Have Done or even Who the Nanny Did would have all been better titles for this book This book was terrible And the funny thing is that the person who read it before me agreed as well I picked this book up at my local thrift store, and the previous reader had made notes all along the margins correcting the authors spelling, grammar, and loop holes So that was an added bonus to this story I only read this book for a personal reading challen [...]

    4. There has been a lot of commentary recently about chick lit and its place in the literary spectrum with What the Nanny Saw, Fiona Neill makes a beautiful riposte It has all the components of a chick lit novel over the top characters, a slightly contrived situation, a romance that you can see coming but places them within a fiercely intelligent story examining the minutiae of scandal, finance and the media.On the face of it, we are reading about Ali Sparrow and her attempts to play the part of a [...]

    5. What the Nanny Saw gives an intimate, indepth look at the world of high finance in 2008 London from the perspective of a nanny in the home of an investment banker, Nick Skinner and his wife, Bryony, owner of her own PR company Their life of privilege includes a five story house in the best section of London, private schools for their four chiildren, summer house in Greece, live in staff, and extravagant purchases, and a dinner party where Elton John entertains When Ali is hired as nanny to the c [...]

    6. I won this in a giveaway I agree with other reviewers that it was slow starting at first I hung in there because the subject matter interested me although I would have been fine with a lot less financial details I was very annoyed about halfway through the book when a background story showed up out of nowhere for Ali which seemed totally out of character for her I thought it did nothing for the book, and if it had to be included, should have been at the start I finished it but it took me much lo [...]

    7. For a 450 page book, I was not overly impressed While I did finish the entire thing, I feel like it was way too drawn out, and there were many details that related to the financial crisis aspect of the story that should have been drawn out than others I feel like there were some parts of the book that didn t necessarily belong in the text and I found myself questioning why they were included While the story is supposed to be about the credit crisis and its effect on the Skinner family as well a [...]

    8. cutech like Nanny diariesi found it entertaining if not somewhat predictable.a good mindless beach kind of bookough I did learn a fun facte reason the Meditteranean sea is so clear is for lack of phosphorous which phytoplankton need to thrive it seems that they are what gives our ocean a less clear appearance for me, the book was worth the answer to one jeopardy question

    9. One sentence in this book had me plowing through it to see what happens It has nothing to do with the background of this story, which is the financial downfall of the sub prime mortgage industry of 2008 It s the love affair that a nanny has while working for a supremely rich family in London She felt loved, was the sentence and we hear it as she is fleeing the home, even as she feels drawn to it s inhabitants What is refreshing about this book is that unlike many books about the uber wealthy, it [...]

    10. This was not a particularly good book In fact, it was really boring I admit, I only got halfway through before I decided to quit I was really struggling to get through it, and there s no reason why that should be The plot itself is uncreative, but not terrible a poor college student takes a year off to work as a nanny for an affluent London family Some financial scandal occurs, and the nanny is asked to give her testimony The writing was okay, too Maybe introducing the secret scandal in the begi [...]

    11. 3.5 stars Rounded up because of its ability to bring such a visceral reaction with its inside perspective.Reading took a back seat as our family did a major downsize, packed, and moved over the past few months However, this book was such an engrossing read that I couldn t keep from sneaking in a few chapters late each night, though I was dead tired and had an overload of sorting packing to do.Set in London in 2008 during the financial downturn, it is the story of a 21 year old university student [...]

    12. This book was an OK read, though the main character Ali was not very believable and I felt the author was using the characters in her own way, rather than staying true to them as individuals if that makes sense It was one of those books that you kind of feel you have read before as it has many cliches, but its an OK switch your brain off type of read However, I have to say that whilst I am not a prude, I do hate the use of the c word the 4 letter one in a book, and it lent nothing to this book t [...]

    13. Loved it Another great book by Fiona Neill Slummy Mummy is one of my very favorite books, but I was hesitant to read this book since I knew it wasn t a comedy You can t really compare the two books.After I got through the first 100 pages, I was hooked and could hardly put the book down Great character development, clever transitions, and careful weaving of the story about the banking crisis and collapse as well as greed, drive, and belonging It was GREAT

    14. Long, detailed account of a young English woman who ends up as a nanny for a family embroiled in the financial scandals of 2007 2008 The characters are very well fleshed out, and I actually learned quite a bit about what caused the finance crisis, though the details are mercifully couched in a mundane story about what it s like to be the hired help for a very rich family.

    15. This book reminded me of the Nanny Diaries but set in London and the Nanny was employed by a financial banker accused of insider trading It was a quick read and fairly entertaining but nothing I would recommend.

    16. Quite a good book, too much banking shares stuff in it though The rest of the story is good and it would have been better to have had of the character storylines rather than banking stuff that I really don t understand Would have liked the ending to have been better though.

    17. Not exactly what I thought it would be If you re thinking it ll be some sort of mystery, it s not It s a rather bland story with characters you neither love nor hate It s well written which is what moved it from 2 stars to 3 but I don t think that s enough of a reason to read something.

    18. Like other people have said it took me a while to get into this book but once I did well I couldn t put it down.The first chapter felt very much like it should have been in the middle of the book, which may be why i struggled to get going with it.

    19. Ali Sparrow needs money for her tuition for her course at the university and needs to get away from the university after having an affair with her tutor An advert from Byrony and Nick Skinner for a nanny catches her eye She applies and gets the job She has no idea what she is in for.Before she knows it, she becomes the mainstay of their lives She is there for the five year old twins, for their teenage daughter and also keeping everything sorted for Byrony As a nanny, she becomes the invisible pr [...]

    20. What The Nanny Knew unabridged by Fiona Neil Audiobook Tantor 15.75 hrs.Read by Alison LarkinWhat The Nanny Knew by Fiona Neill is a unique story that crosses the fictional chicklit nanny genre with the unexpected non fiction of recent financial history Quite an extraordinary coupling, filled with humour and intelligence, as it takes the sometimes difficult to understand 2008 global economic meltdown and mixes it into the plot line as a mystery The book is enhanced by the superior audio acting p [...]

    21. What The Nanny Knew unabridged by Fiona Neil Audiobook Tantor 15.75 hrs.Read by Alison LarkinWhat The Nanny Knew by Fiona Neill is a unique story that crosses the fictional chicklit nanny genre with the unexpected non fiction of recent financial history Quite an extraordinary coupling, filled with humour and intelligence, as it takes the sometimes difficult to understand 2008 global economic meltdown and mixes it into the plot line as a mystery The book is enhanced by the superior audio acting p [...]

    22. It starts off pretty slow but once the story gets going it is really engrossing I will miss these characters.

    23. I am a little flummoxed to say the least right now I picked up Fiona Neill s debut novel entitled The Secret Life of a Slummy Mummy back in 2008 It wasn t necessarily a choice based on anything other than chance However, I was taken aback at how funny that debut novel was It had me laughing out loud in places and I can honestly say it has always stuck in my memory for that reason.I noticed that she had another book being released and figured I would pre order it When I saw the front cover I was [...]

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