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Why Mummy Swears

by Gill Sims

Family Drama Humour (fiction) Relationship Stories

LoveReading View on Why Mummy Swears

You don’t have to be a Mummy to read this, or in fact to absolutely adore it. I am not a member of the Mummy club, yet I laughed hard, I smirked, I felt the pain, and the love too. This is set over a year in the life of frustrated mum Ellen, who has an eleven and a nine year old (oh and a husband and dog who convincingly add to the chaos). I would imagine there will be parents breathing a huge sigh of relief as they think, ‘I’m glad it’s not just me’. Just in case you aren’t keen, yes there is a fair bit of swearing, including some fantastically imaginative pairing of words that I definitely want to remember. Gill Sims keeps the tone light and bright, yet the pressure of balancing work and children can definitely be felt. I feel as though Ellen could be my friend, I could hear her voice as clearly as anything as I read. I actually could have been on the phone to Ellen, with her offloading her woes (while I tried unsuccessfully to stop snorting with laughter). I simply raced through ‘Why Mummy Swears’, it is a knockout read, great fun, full of empathy, and highly entertaining. 

Liz Robinson

Why Mummy Swears Synopsis

Monday, 25 July

The first day of the holidays. I suppose it could've been worse. I brightly announced that perhaps it might be a lovely idea to go to a stately home and learn about some history. As soon as we got there I remembered why I don't use the flipping National Trust membership - because National Trust properties are full of very precious and breakable items, and very precious and breakable items don't really mix with children, especially not small boys.

Where I had envisaged childish faces glowing with wonder as they took in the treasures of our nation's illustrious past, we instead had me shouting `Don't touch, DON'T TOUCH, FFS DON'T TOUCH! while stoutly shod pensioners tutted disapprovingly and drafted angry letters to the Daily Mail in their heads. How many more days of the holiday are there?

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.

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Closing date: 10/07/2019

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Why Mummy Swears Press Reviews

God, she's funny

- Jilly Cooper

Full of laugh-out-loud moments, it's a must-read

- Hello Magazine

Honest and very funny - it's a tale that mums will identify with

- The Sun

Reading Why Mummy Swears will be to some mummies just like having that 5pm snifter - it makes you feel that little bit better.

- Private Eye

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

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780008284220
Publication date: 21/12/2018
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780008284244
Publication date: 12/07/2018
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Format: Audiobook

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008284220
Publication date: 21st December 2018
Author: Gill Sims
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 368 pages
Genres: Family Drama, Humour, Relationship Stories,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Humour,

About Gill Sims

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.

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