Tuesday 14 November 2017

Review: Why Mummy Drinks by Gill Sims

Why Mummy Drinks
Why Mummy Drinks is the brilliant novel from Gill Sims, the author of the online sensation Peter and Jane.

Boy Child Peter, Girl Child Jane and Daddy have exciting adventures with Mummy. Daddy likes gadgets. Peter and Jane like starting fires, trying to kill each other and driving Mummy to drink. Written from the point of view of an exhausted mummy at the end of the day, it’s honest, it’s funny, and it’s a little bit sweary.

It is Mummy’s 39th birthday. She is staring down the barrel at a future of people asking if she wants to come to their yoga class, and book clubs, where everyone is wearing statement scarves and they are all ‘tiddly’ after a glass of Pinot Grigio. But Mummy does not want to go quietly into that good night of women with sensible haircuts who ‘live for their children’, boasting about Boy Child and Girl Child’s achievements. Instead, she clutches a large glass of wine, muttering FML over and over, and then remembers the gem of an idea she’s had…

Shona's review 4 of 5 stars

When I read the blurb for this book I new I was going to love it. This is an openly honest account of living as a full time mum and wife, although admittedly Ellen goes one step further and holds down a job too, why she hasn't branded herself Supermum I don't know. 

If we are honest, we will all admit to being Ellen, scouring Pinterest for great things we can do around the house, or with the children to improve the quality of our lives, bring us closer to our loved ones and maybe just maybe help us feel like we have a handle on this grown up thing. And as Ellen shows us, nobody really truly has a handle on the grown up thing.

There are several areas of this book that I feel could have been lifted straight out of my life, although admittedly I don't have a sister in law with 6 kids who thinks nothing of turning up unannounced or with little warning, and again I refer you back to the Supermum title that Ellen truly deserves.

This book is laugh out loud funny and it makes me want to look in to Sims' Peter and Jane online series.

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