Wise people give good advice about never being fooled by the cover of a book. Yet the foolish, such as me, are often taken in, if rarely quite as full(...)

Alan Bennett: mistaken for a Coronation Street star. Photograph: Marco Secchi/Getty

In 1982, when Nina Stibbe was 20, she moved from Leicestershire to London to take a job as nanny to two young boys. Her employer was Mary-Kay Wilmers,(...)