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Gill Sims is the author and illustrator of the hugely successful parenting blog and Facebook site `Peter and Jane'. She lives in Scotland with her husband, two children and a recalcitrant rescue Border Terrier, who rules the house. Gill's interests include drinking wine, wasting time on social media, trying and failing to recapture her lost youth and looking for the dog when he decides to go on one of his regular jaunts.
The hilarious second novel, and Sunday Times No 1 Bestseller, from author of the smash hit Why Mummy Drinks. Welcome to Mummy's world... The Boy Child Peter is connected to his iPad by an umbilical cord, The Girl Child Jane is desperate to make her fortune as an Instagram lifestyle influencer, while Daddy is constantly off on exotic business trips... Mummy's marriage is feeling the strain, her kids are running wild and the house is steadily developing a forest of mould. Only Judgy, the Proud and Noble Terrier, remains loyal as always. Mummy has also found herself a new challenge, working for a hot new tech start-up. But not only is she worrying if, at forty-two, she could actually get up off a bean bag with dignity, she's also somehow (accidentally) rebranded herself as a single party girl who works hard, plays hard and doesn't have to run out when the nanny calls in sick. Can Mummy keep up the facade while keeping her family afloat? Can she really get away with wearing `comfy trousers' to work? And, more importantly, can she find the time to pour herself a large G+T? Probably effing not.
This is a superb observation of modern parenthood that is a total joy to read. Gill Sims has been sharing the lives of Peter and Jane through the narration of their long suffering mum via her hugely popular blog and on Facebook. Her following is massive and it’s not hard to see why. Why Mummy Drinks is absolutely, laugh-out-loud hilarious. Full of relatable content for any parent running the child-rearing-obstacle-course marathon, I spent most of the time laughing, cringing or nodding my head saying ‘Yes, yes. That’s exactly how it is!’; yet also quietly grateful that my experiences of motherhood weren’t quite as horrific as poor Ellen. Every moment from cringe worthy to heroic is perfectly executed in Gill’s narration. Mummy is indeed exhausted and Mummy does indeed drink. Told in diary format, similar to Bridget Jones’ Diary (except it starts at the beginning of the school year – as any calendar should from the moment you become a parent), it is full of humour and witty observations. Unlike Bridget’s world, Ellen is not a singleton or a smug-married, she’s a rather fabulous, ‘what the hell am I doing?’ mother, with children and a husband determined to remove any last shred of sanity in her life. Her continuous sense of hope that one day something will actually go to plan and she will achieve perfect mummy hood is endearing. Ah, but sweet reality will always step in. Absolutely fabulous in so many ways and at times rather sweary (because life can be at times), I would recommend you settle down and enjoy the ride. And I’m sure no-one would think any less of you if you enjoyed a glass of wine or two along the way.