Brenda Ashford was a real-life Mary Poppins. Caring for over one hundred children during her lifetime as a nanny, her charges ranged from the pampered sons and daughters of grand estates or the tough offspring of WWII evacuees in London’s East End. Now, in A Spoonful of Sugar, Britain’s longest-serving nanny shares her endearing, amusing, and sometimes downright bizarre experiences turning generations of children into successful adults.
Nanny Brenda says:
“All mothers are quite brilliant in my eyes and nine times out of ten don’t realize the sacrifices they undertake or the powerful contributions they make.”
“Little folk deserve a childhood that’s full of fun. It’s the single most valuable lesson in my eyes.”
“Everyone knows you simply can’t retire from love. Children leave you; you don’t leave children. That’s the natural order of things.”
“I have puzzled many times over the ingredients for a perfect recipe for a happy home. It needs to be a place with parents who worship their offspring. Throw in some stability, a dash of routine, and respect.”
Brenda Ashford is a graduate of Norland College, a world-famous institute for British nannies. For sixty-two years, she cared for more than one hundred children, making her Britain's longest-serving nanny. She lives outside London.
"For anglophiles and Downton Abbey fans, a memoir of 62 years of nannying." -The New York Times
"Ashford presents a delightful compilation of memories, child care tips and insights from a radically different time and place. . . . A snapping good story by a true British treasure." -Kirkus Reviews