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Why Mummy Drinks: The Sunday Times Number One Bestselling Author Kindle Edition
The smash hit Sunday Times bestseller.
Tuesday 8th September
First day back at school. I am going to 100% nail being a school mummy this year. I can totally do this. Yes, this year is definitely going to be much better – I am absolutely not going to shout at the children, let them stuff their faces with crisps or goggle away on the iPad. And I most certainly will not slump on the sofa at the end of the day, glugging wine and muttering ‘FML’ repeatedly.
Unfortunately I have not yet actually managed to buy the bento boxes for their lunches or book jiu jitsu lessons, and I will have to learn to like green tea, as it is foul, and I have not yet mastered French plaits, but I am quietly confident that these are mere details in my grand master plan…
It is Mummy’s 39th birthday. She is staring down the barrel of a future of people asking if she wants to come to their advanced yoga classes, and polite book clubs where everyone claims to be tiddly after a glass of Pinot Grigio and says things like ‘Oooh gosh, are you having another glass?’
But Mummy does not want to go quietly into that good night of women with sensible haircuts who ‘live for their children’ and stand in the playground trying to trump each other with their offspring’s extracurricular activities and achievements, and boasting about their latest holidays.
Instead, she clutches a large glass of wine, muttering ‘FML’ over and over again. Until she remembers the gem of an idea she’s had…
From the Publisher
The Sunday Times Number One Bestselling Author--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
“God, she’s funny” – Jilly Cooper
“Honest and very funny – it’s a tale that mums will identify with” – The Sun
“Sim’s latest offering is a hilarious follow-up to her bestselling debut… you’d be forgiven for thinking the blogger behind Peter and Jane couldn’t pull it off twice – but she has” – The Sunday Post--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B01NBM54ET
- Publisher : HarperCollins (19 Oct. 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 2021 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 353 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0008237492
- Best Sellers Rank: 3,749 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 February 2019
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It does end lightly and wonderfully, which is what you’d want and expect from any book that was aimed at uplifting mothers in much need of support and inspiration. Yet there were enough twists and turns in the book that I was gripped and page-turning with alternate happy and nervous fervour from beginning to end.
I’m in high spirits now I’ve finished the book and highly impressed too with Gill Sim’s elegant weaving of fact with fiction to such great comic effect. She’s simply a master at writing for Mummy’s, even though I can’t promote either the swearing or drinking!
It makes me feel so much better about myself having read this book and charmed that someone can so completely understand what I’m going through and yet be simultaneously worse at handling some situations, whilst leaving me hope of the dream coming beautifully true!
I had to deduct one star for the swear words in parts (I had to google the acronyms!), even though by the time I was at the end I did feel it lended greatly to the humour once I’d got to know and love Ellen. If she hadn’t been such a “kindred spirit” (apart from all the swearing and booze) I’m not sure I would have felt quite the same. I suppose that says a lot about Gill Sim’s writing that she somehow made it seem somewhat passable even to someone like me...! In fact whilst writing this review, it even makes me reconsider the star omission because it is really a brilliantly funny read and it’s very clever how the book is so relatable to probably Mums across the board.
Really it’s worth reading this book no matter where you are on the socio-economic scale or what your parenting style. It will make you laugh out loud at the infinite number of impossible and at times unbearable difficulties and frustrations, that I now know are universally common amongst us all!
Whilst reading this book I could chuckle and giggle and laugh out loud at her unending challenges and counterproductive attempts to be the dream mummy and family she always fantasised about being, as well as suddenly see the humour in my own life and feel connected about the numerous things I never share with anyone else lest they fail to understand and instead look at me with even deeper amazement and judgement on their eyes.
Classic book! Should be gifted to all Mummies as soon as their children turn to toddlers!
If you are looking for a humorous read that adds intelligence, wit and emotion then look no further than Adam Kay’s This is Going to Hurt.
The only draw back to this book is that if you read it in public you are in danger of looking like a nutter and embarrassing your precious moppet as you snort attractively with uncontrollable laughter.
Any chance you could hurry up with "Why mummy swears"?
She is like a middle class Bridget Jones if she had kids (in fairness Bridget Jones feels slightly middle class too)
I did not relate to this aspect (the middle class suburban life) and I’m not a mother but I have a niece and have heard many tales from mothers including mom guilt. I also don’t drink so can’t relate to her perpetual need to drink at every given moment but it was amusing.
At times I found her unlikable, she can be selfish and childish and a liar but aren’t we all human and flawed overall I’d probably read the next in the series and I think mums would love the story and fans of Bridget Jones diary