“As a historian who has previously worked as a nanny, Katherine Holden does indeed know best when it comes to the history of the nanny profession in Britain… What makes Nanny Knows Best especially illuminating is that it approaches its subject substantially from the perspective of the nanny. This may sound like an obvious thing to do, but as Holden’s arguments make clear, nannies have consistently – in their real lives and their afterlives – been defined by the families for whom they worked… the result is a sensitive and nuanced narrative of the role of the nanny throughout the twentieth century.” 

– Carina Hart, Feminist and Women’s Studies Association (UK and Ireland) to read the full review, click here.

“As entertaining as it is scholarly and detailed, this book provides a unique insight into the complex relationship between nannies and the families they work for, and will be essential reading for historians and parents alike.”

Bel Mooney

“Professional nannies signed up to a life of unrelenting hard work, starching and stitching and parading with prams. There’s a powerful dramatic tension in a child’s utter dependence on an employee. Holden records examples of deep affection and lasting relationships, as well as of incomprehensible cruelty.”

– Molly Guiness, The Spectator

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