Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

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:

Related

July Reads.jpg

Top 10 must-reads of July

hero.jpg

Surreal opening lines from literature

20sbookshero.jpg

50 best books of the 1920s

Comments

More

The nightmarish full trailer for The Handmaid's Tale has landed

Chilling

by Amy Swales
24 Mar 2017

Incredible quotes about mothers in literature

Tissues, at the ready...

by Jasmine Andersson
23 Mar 2017

31 of the most uplifting lines from literature to brighten up any day

Literary pearls of wisdom for when you're despairing of the world.

by Hayley Spencer
20 Mar 2017

An eight-year-old has written a bestseller about her annoying brother

"Well, he's a little downright annoying," said Nia Mya

by Jasmine Andersson
17 Mar 2017

Photographer depicts young girls at their most powerful

"Strength isn't always loud and feisty."

by Sarah Biddlecombe
14 Mar 2017

Bookshop makes powerful statement about the gender gap in fiction

"We’ve silenced male authors, leaving works of women in view.”

by Sarah Biddlecombe
13 Mar 2017

Five beautiful poems to read when you need a good cry

Selected by Judi Dench, Elena Ferrante, Mariella Frostrup and more

by Sarah Biddlecombe
09 Mar 2017

Exclusive: JoJo Moyes is writing a third Lou Clark book

Get ready 'Me Before You' fans...

by Sarah Biddlecombe
09 Mar 2017

Meet your new booklist: The Baileys Women’s Prize For Fiction longlist

Sixteen new reads to add to your list

by Francesca Brown
08 Mar 2017

Jo Cox’s husband is writing her memoirs

Jo Cox: More in Common will be published on the eve of the first anniversary of her death.

by Moya Crockett
06 Mar 2017