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Fictional nannies we love

If stepmothers get a bad rap in literature, nannies are their fictional antidote. Widely portrayed as kindly and reliable creatures, they are often a child's closest ally, doling out practical advice and providing a shoulder to cry on where parents inevitably fail.

From Mary Poppins' gravity-defying prowess to the stoic loyalty of Nana the Newfoundland, here are some of our favourite nannies from the realms of literature:

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