Love, Nina by Nina Stibbe
If you're looking for a fresh comic voice, make Nina Stibbe your first port of call.
Employed as a nanny to two young boys in Primrose Hill, Nina writes letters back home to her sister with outrageously blunt and clear-sighted observations on her everyday life.
Her employer works at the London Review of Books, Claire Tomalin and Michael Frayn are neighbours, and Alan Bennett pops by every evening for supper. While Nina's cooking and nannying skills are unorthodox (ie totally hopeless) you can see why the family want to keep her - she has an uninhibited intelligence and wit that makes her irresistible company.
Warm, funny and gossipy - it is the ideal book for a cosy night in.