Each month BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Lesley Dolphin discusses a book with journalist Catherine Larner as part of Lesley’s Readers monthly book group.
This month’s chosen book is Reasons to be Cheerful, by Nina Stibbe:
“Lizzie Vogel is about to embark on grown-up life as she moves from the sheltered village existence of her family home and into the big, wide, metropolis that is Leicester. There she takes up the pioneering position of dental nurse to a dentist with bad teeth - and some deeply unpleasant attitudes.
“In her tiny one-bedroomed flat, Lizzie reflects on all that she’s learning: whether she’ll have to hold her boss’s cigarette while he smokes it, whether she wants a boyfriend and, if she does, whether it should be Andy Nicolello who delivers the patients’ dentures; and if it is Andy Nicolello, whether it’s dangerous to allow him to become her mother’s lodger.
“Slowly it dawns on Lizzie that the area in which she has most to learn is life: in taking those first wobbly steps to independence, in falling in love, in navigating the ups and downs of adulthood and, most importantly, in staying “
If you’ve read the book, why not join in the discussion at 2:20pm on Wednesday 5 February? Call Radio Suffolk on 01473 250000, email firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet @lesleydolphin or visit the Lesley’s Readers Facebook page.