A Spoonful of Sugar

  • by Brenda Ashford
  • Narrated by Nicolette McKenzie
  • 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Brenda Ashford is 91 years old and spent 62 years working as a Norland Nanny. Brenda began training at the Norland Institute in 1939 at the age of 18, shortly before war was declared. Even as a nervous young trainee, Brenda was determined to give the children in her care a wonderful childhood. She worked with evacuees from the East End, as well as in the nurseries of smart Kensington homes. She frequently put her life at risk, dashing to air raid shelters with her charges clutched to her chest. But the war was also a time when people pulled together like never before or since, and it called upon Brenda to make sacrifices she'd never imagined having to make....

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Even better than Call the Midwife

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes if they liked books of this type (Call the Midwife for example)


What was one of the most memorable moments of A Spoonful of Sugar?

The children from inner cities reactions to being in the countryside during the war


What about Nicolette McKenzie’s performance did you like?

Lovely voice and didn't mood silly voices for the children!


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The children from inner cities reactions to being in the countryside during the war


Any additional comments?

This book started off interesting to me with the surprise that Brenda spent her childhood in the little village I did (I was unaware of this before starting the book).

If you like Call the Midwife then you will like this book, on a whole it's less dramatic but at least it is all real (where as Call the Midwife goes into great long details and conversations that the author wasn't even there let alone remembers accurately).

It was very interesting to hear of how life used to be and the priorities people had at the time. It's written well and makes you feel like you get to know the people in the book.

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- vikki

A cosy, comforting listen and wonderful story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Not being able to afford a Norland nanny, I've wanted to give the same experience to my toddler - this was such a lovely listen. As well as having some good ideas, it is a superb biography, set in wartime England during the 1930s and 1940s. The audio book also reinforces how fun and unconditional love needs to be an important part of every childhood.


What other book might you compare A Spoonful of Sugar to, and why?

Anything with WWII evacuees


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The nurse who made childhood fun, even in wartime.


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- Lucy P

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-01-2013
  • Publisher: Soundings