Why Mummy Swears by Gill Sims
Publisher: Harper Collins
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.
Review from Book Club Member Louise
As a 'late 30 something mum' of a six-year-old and a 3-year-old girls i have found this book highly relatable and totes laugh out loud funny!
#wet myself if i laugh too much!
There were brilliant quips and witty one-liners that made me proper chuckle. I even found myself sharing paragraphs with my friends saying to them "oh my god gals this totally sounds like us chatting rubbish in the pub". I particularly loved the PTA scene.
I love reading online "mummy" blogs and follow pioneers like 'Hurrah for Gin' and 'just a normal mummy' and i found this book very much in that blog-style chat ilk.
It's informal in its first-person diary style narrative and it's a quick, accessible book to dab into for a short read with a brewe and a biscuit when you get a 10 minute reprieve from the demands of the kids. (thank god for i pads!)
however I am currently waiting to see if the main character takes us on a deeper journey into her own personality and development, she is laughing through gritted teeth currently, and i wonder if she will give us an insight into the layers of her life. Will there be real tears? There is scope in this book to delve into the real stress and anguish and pressures of motherhood that i would love to see happen.
generally, this is relatable escapism to have a laugh at yourself but would benefit from a stronger plot progression to draw you into the characters internal monologue and plight more.