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The complex, hidden politics of hiring a nanny

My friend was early for tea, unruffled, with an immaculate infant daughter. Eventually, all became clear

My friend was coy about it—but plenty of celebrities, and tech moguls, credit their nannies with their careers. Illustration by Kate Hazell

When my daughter was just a couple of months old, we made a tea date in one of London’s ritzier hotels with a friend visiting from the States. Getting there took the best part of two hours by train and bus, and entailed the kind of new-parent over-provisioning that makes polar explorers look like light travellers. Never mind Antarctica—in those sleep-starved, love-drunk early days, it felt…

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