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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.
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...
Closing date: 15/05/2021
Publication date: 19/10/2017
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||19th October 2017|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Relationship Stories,|
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.More About Gill Sims