In Gilly MacMillan’s new novel, THE NANNY seven year old Jocelyn Holt was devastated when her beloved nanny, Hannah, left without a trace in the summer of 1988. Haunted by the loss, Jo grew up bitter and distant, and eventually left her parents and Lake Hall, their faded aristocratic home, behind.

Thirty years later, Jo returns to the house and is forced to confront her troubled relationship with her mother. But when human remains are accidentally uncovered in a lake on the estate, Jo begins to question everything she thought she knew.

Then an unexpected visitor knocks on the door and Jo’s world is destroyed again. Desperate to piece together the gaping holes in her memory, Jo must uncover who her nanny really was, why she left, and if she can trust her own mother…

In this compulsively readable tale of secrets, lies, and deception, Gilly Macmillan explores the darkest impulses and desires of the human heart. Diabolically clever, The Nanny reminds us that sometimes the truth hurts so much you’d rather hear the lie.


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Gilly Macmillan is the internationally bestselling author of five novels including WHAT SHE KNEWTHE PERFECT GIRLODD CHILD OUTI KNOW YOU KNOW and THE NANNY.

A former art historian and photographer, Gilly studied at Bristol University and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. She lives in Bristol, UK, with her husband and three children.

Her first novel, WHAT SHE KNEW, was a Target pick, a LibraryReads pick, an Indie Next pick, an Edgar award nominee, and an International Thriller Writers award finalist.

Gilly’s novels have appeared on the New York Times, Globe & Mail and Der Spiegel bestseller lists, been translated into over 20 languages and sold over one million copies worldwide. She’s been described as ‘one heck of a good writer’ (Wall Street Journal) and her novels have been praised as ‘nuanced, completely addictive’ (People), ‘riveting’ (Publishers Weekly), and ‘visceral, emotionally charged…heart-wrenchingly well told’ (The Daily Mail).

She is currently working on her sixth novel.

Thanks to William Morrow we have one signed copy to giveaway. Just tell us what you know about Nannies – perhaps you had one.  We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please

61 thoughts on “THE NANNY by Gilly MacMillan- SPOTLIGHT & Signed GIVEAWAY

  1. I’ve never had nor ever been a nanny but having been a mother and a grandmother I know child rearing is not easy and not for everyone

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  2. I don’t know much about them…I never had to use one because I was a stay at home mama and now I’m a stay at home nana to my 2 grandbabies. But I love reading novels about them.

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  3. I’ve never been a nanny or had a nanny nor known a nanny. I would say it’s hard work taking care of children. The only thing I know about nannies is what I’ve read in books or seen on television. I’d love to win a copy of this book!

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  4. I have never been or had a Nanny but two of my Nieces were Nannies and they absolutely loved it and stay in touch with the Families to this day. They both worked for the families until they married and had children of their own.

    BTW I really enjoyed What She Knew

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  5. I have never had a Nanny or been one. I have a friend who was once Nanny to the two children of a husband and wife lawyer team. She absolutely loved it! They traveled extensively and took her everywhere they went, paid her well and treated her like family. I hear such good things about this book and would love to read it.

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  6. I never had a nanny, I was one though. I still to this day and the kids are in their 40s keep in touch with them. Very hard but rewarding work.

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  7. I never had one but have read books that have a nanny character and the children in their care for an extended period of time grow to love them very much.

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  8. I never had a nanny or ever knew anyone with a nanny. I had babysitters for my kids when they were little that’s the closest thing to a nanny.

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  9. I think most nannies probably don’t get enough credit for everything they do. But I am thinking of the ones who work for the elites & celebrities. Never knew anyone who had one.

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  10. I wanted to be one after I graduated from high school. I thought it would be glamorous to be on the East Coast, jetsetting with the elite in Cape Cod. LOL… that did NOT happen

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  11. I’ve been one for four years with 2 kids for different households .Boy the stories I can tell you .but with all that comes down to your time and how they use you and don’t want to pay you for all that you do .From my experience ,it’s not worth it , you do get any respect .They look down on you and use you to the to win💙🙏🙏🙏🙏

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  12. I never had a nanny unless I count my grandmother who lived across the road snd kept me during the day when my mom worked. I had an adult friend who decided to be a nanny and moved away to pursue the job. She had adult children and hard life dealing with them. So moved. Loved the position for a couple years and could not take the drastic change in lifestyle or the high profile location.

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  13. I used to get a kick out of watching Super Nanny, a British nanny that dealt with difficult children. I’m sure that isn’t an average representation!

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  14. I’ve enjoyed some books with Nanny characters, & love this author. Would love to read & review! I have babysat, and my kids went to daycare, but nothing formal like a nanny.

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  15. I didn’t have a nanny for my kid, but friends hired them. Some were good, others were downright scary. One couple brought their nanny with them when they moved here from Australia because they liked and trusted her. They weren’t sure what quality of help the might find here.

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  16. Never had a nanny, stayed home and raised them myself! So glad I did! Went back to work after my husband had a stroke when my son was a teenager! After a year he was able to return to working and I kept working!

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  17. I’ve been a nanny and you need patience, kindness, and a passion for helping children grow into empathetic adults. Somehow I don’t believe this book is all about that, which is why I sooo want to read!

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  18. I never had a nanny or know anyone who had one. Habe read about them, and it sounds like a busy job.
    I really would love to read this book.

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  19. I never had a nanny, but I worked as one for a few years. I was not a live-in, but worked days. My children were in their teens, so I had a lot of mothering experience. I was so sad when the people I worked for moved to another city when the baby was about 5 years old. I had grown to love those boys. I have not taken another nanny position since that time because it is not something I want to do anymore. It was a bit boring, to be honest.


  20. I don’t know anything personally about Nannies, but have read lots of books about them and usually it’s a scary situation!!!


  21. I didn’t have the experience to have one on my childhood and my kids neither. We were raised by our grandmothers


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