Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang by Emma Thompson

Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang

Written by Emma Thompson

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With wit and warmth and warts and all, the wonderfully talented writer and star of Nanny Mcphee, Emma Thompson recounts the story of the film, a story of one family’s summer with Nanny McPhee, a story of blackmail, tragedy and unexploded bombs.

What makes this book very different and much more interesting than the usual run of the mill film tie-ins is that alongside the story you’ll find Emma’s diary of the making of the film, which brings a delightful and unique perspective to this funny magical adventure.

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Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang by Emma Thompson

Nanny McPhee embarks on a brand new adventure in this brilliant, funny and captivating novel based on the new Nanny McPhee film due for release 26 March.


The Green family are trying to survive the war in their house in the country, but unfortunately they are not out of harm's way. A wicked uncle is intent on getting his hands on the family fortune and the children miss their father who is away fighting who knows where, and then the horrible cousins arrive! Life is not easy in the Green household...Thank heavens for Nanny McPhee!


'An interesting twist on a film novelisation ... wittily written, this gives a delightful insight into the craft of film-making and the accidents (Rhys Ifans breaking a foot playing football) that can hold things up, and will provide lots of trivia-spotting for children who watch it on the big screen ... Nice idea, well done'

'The book has a strong moral message and its gentle humour is perfect for family reading'

About the Author

Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson is an Oscar-winning screenwriter and actress and has starred in a range of films from Love Actually to Harry Potter, in which she plays the part of Sybill Trelawney. Emma Thompson won an Oscar in 1996 for the Best Adapted Screenplay for her adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, a film in which she also played the Oscar-nominated lead role opposite Hugh Grant.

Nanny McPhee: The Big Bang, published by Bloomsbury in March 2010, was Emma Thompson’s first novel for children. A wonderfully witty tale about the indomitable nanny of magical means which was also released as a film in which Emma played the title role.

Emma has also written two stories about Peter Rabbit - the first published in 2012, The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit and in 2013 The Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit. Emma says.... I've always loved Beatrix Potter, as a child and then as a mother and all the years in-between as well. When Mr Rabbit invited me to write a further tale, I was more honoured than I can say. I hope I don't let him or his extraordinary creator down.

She lives in London and Argyll.

Photo credit: Nick Haddow

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304 pages


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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date

1st March 2010




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