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The Secret Life Of A Slummy Mummy

3.29  ·  Rating Details ·  2,265 Ratings  ·  435 Reviews
For Lucy Sweeney, motherhood isn't all astanga yoga and Cath Kidston prints. It's been years since the dirty laundry pile was less than a metre high, months since Lucy remembered to have sex with her husband, and a week since she last did the school run wearing pyjamas.

Motherhood, it seems, has more pitfalls than she might have expected. Caught between perfectionist Yummy
Paperback, 432 pages
Published January 31st 2008 by Arrow (first published 2007)
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My takeaway: Marriage is boring and pointless but it sure does make for some great sex with other people. Also, parenting is hard so just don’t do it. I mean, sure, have kids but just don’t bother with the parenting part.

Talk about an alienating read. The only similarity I share with the main character is that I am a married white woman and even I felt offended on behalf of affluent British mothers everywhere. And once I was done being offended, I was bored.

This book seems to be reinforcing neg
Shell The Belle
A very funny and entertaining read!! Has you laughing out load at times and is very realistic with things such as the competitiveness of other parents, even in doing their child's homework so it gets a good mark!!

Quite well written, only downside, didn't really like the plot line at the end with the hotel ect, didn't think the MC would actually do that.

All in all a good book and fun to read!
Nov 26, 2007 Laura rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't get through this book. Because I am a stay-at-home mom I thought I would identify with this book, but no. The entire plot line about the mom wanting, dreaming and justifying having an affair left me cold. I understand that staying with your kids might not be the most exciting thing to be doing, but having an affair with someone is not how I choose to add excitement to my life and I definitely don't want to spend my the few minute I have to myself reading about someone who does. But th ...more
Dec 15, 2009 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My neighbor gave me this book and told me it was really funny and my first thought was that she doesn't know me at all. This type of book really doesn't interest me, but after reading the back (with an endorsement from Anna Wintour of all people) I figured it might be a quick, entertaining read. I brought it on a road trip and with nothing else to do, I started reading it. The whole time I was complaining to my husband about how awful it was. I didn't think it was funny at all, mostly because th ...more
Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
Mar 19, 2013 Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of chick lit
An easy read that's like an old friend - comforting and entertaining.

We all know someone who is or will be a Yummy Mummy or an Alpha Mum or a Slummy Mummy or a Sexy Domesticated Dad. We all have that friend who will be in one relationship after another and never settles down.

Perhaps this book would appeal more to a middle class audience - I cannot relate to the lifestyles at all. But to the situations and the characters? I think fondly of them.
Apr 05, 2010 Karli rated it really liked it
I kind of hate to put 4 stars on such a light and silly book but I really did like it and found it to be much more clever than I had thought that it would be. Hailed a "The Bridget Jones of Motherhood" I expected the silly and exaggerated circumstances of being stay-at-home-mom, however there was a lot of wisdom too. I found myself saying, "yeah, yeah, I do that too" or "oh yes I have totally thought that too".

Lucy gets herself into situations that we all have...
taking the kids to school in her
Aug 20, 2012 Bookguide rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This made a perfect summer holiday read, light and amusing with a serious undercurrent, and I identified strongly with the main character, Lucy Sweeney, a frustrated stay-at-home mum of three young children, "mothers like me, the slummy mummies, the muddlers and befuddlers, the ones who don't know what to do when a spare minute comes their way because it is so rare, wearing old dresses that have stretched with us over the years." Many of her amusing antics and slatternly behaviour could have bee ...more
Vicky Ziliaskopoulou
Μιλάμε για το βιβλίο που στα ελληνικά κυκλοφορεί με τον τίτλο: "Η κρυφή ζωή μιας σούπερ μαμάς".
Μου άρεσε πολύ, για το είδος του (κοινωνικά- αστεία μυθιστορήματα) είναι από τα καλύτερα που έχω διαβάσει. Εκτός του ότι ταυτίστηκα με πολλά από όσα συμβαίνουν στην καθημερινότητα της Λούση, η οποία τρέχει και δεν προλαβαίνει με τα παιδιά της, υπήρχαν φορές που χαχάνιζα σαν χαζό με αυτά που διάβαζα, πράγμα που συμβαίνει δύσκολα με τα βιβλία. Επίσης προσπαθεί να παρουσιάσει μια ιδέα από τη ζωή των παντ
Oct 17, 2011 Merredith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
It's no surprise i picked up slummy mummy from the noe valley library. they bill it as a bridget jones diary for moms. i'm not a mom, but it was pretty funny. here is a woman who has given up her career as a producer for a big news show in england to be a stay at home mom. obviously in order to have risen so high in her career, she was good at it. she is not good at being a stay at home mom. she loses the keys, the car, the credit card, doesn't pay the bills, can barely keep the kids getting to ...more
Apr 25, 2010 Carolyn rated it did not like it
This book is proof positive that you don't have to like a book to take something away from it.

There was no discernible plot, which made this book hard for me to read. By page 50, after I was repeatedly made aware that having small children creates anarchy in the home. That stay-at-home mom and main character Lucy had repeatedly lost her credit card lost its charm after it had been mentioned three times. At page 100 I found myself skipping over large clumps of narration because I'd simply lost i
Jul 29, 2011 Karen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, FFS. The main character was annoying, her friends were annoying, her children were annoying, her husband... OK, you get the picture. A ridiculous farce with about as much emotional honesty as a kiwi fruit.
Apr 23, 2016 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable read,though I did think it ended quite abruptly.
Katy Sherman
Brilliant, smart and funny

You would never expect a piece of mom-lit to turn out as a sophisticated essay about marriage and motherhood. Slummy Mummy comes quite as a surprise, being not only smart, witty and extremely funny, but the most important of all, giving astonishingly precise account of a woman in her midlife crisis. As the heroine's pedantic husband put it, the midlife crisis is "discontent with the status quo, restlessness, questioning decisions that you made years ago, thinking you've
Aug 18, 2013 Helen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned, 2013
It's not laugh out loud funny, it's just a bit pathetic. I feel the same about Bridget Jones and I Don't Know How She Does It, although I know many people love them. There are moments when I think, yes, that's just what it feels like:
"Now, faced with the prospect of my youngest child starting Nursery three mornings a week, it is time to rebuild myself, but I can no longer remember how the pieces fit together ... Somewhere in the domestic maelstrom I have lost myself. I can see where I came from,
Aug 09, 2009 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If a book can leave you grinning from ear to ear while in rush hour traffic, the author has done her job creating hilarious and realistic scenarios. I laughed so often with this, as others have said, Bridget Jones' esque look at parenthood. I have so much more confidence in myself as a future mum: if this mum can do it, so can I! Messy car, locking oneself out of one's house, texting the masses instead of one person...ah, humerous parenting.

Many folks have stated their discomfort with the focus
Sep 07, 2015 Katy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 6-drama-other
I got this book from a book store bargain bin a few years ago and just read it this summer. This was not written like a "bargain bin" book. Fiona Neill has a great tone & flow and it was written very well. Slummy Mummy is funny, but also has a serious moral dilemma with questions about marriage and infidelity with a variety of views so I would classify it as a comedy/drama.
Although I saw the comedy of it, I wasn't laughing out loud, but I think that was because I was finding so much in comm
Mar 30, 2008 Sunni rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In many ways, I'm embarrassed to have read this. In my defense, it's written by a Brit journalist who writes a column in the London Times and I *thought* it might provide some intelligent and funny perspective on modern mothering.

I was wrong. I'm not a fan of chick lit in general, though I make an exception now and again, and this is just chick lit dressed up as mommy lit. The problem is it tries to be both somewhat substantive on occasion (delving into the complications relationships face after
Het boek leest wel redelijk vlot, maar toch vond ik het niet heel geweldig. Er zit veel herhaling in het verhaal. Het onvermogen van Lucy om het huishouden en de opvoeding van de drie kinderen voor elkaar te krijgen als moeder. Ook komt haar verliefdheid op een van de vaders die ze op het schoolplein ziet steeds terug. Als het boek dunner was geweest, was het leuker geweest. Hoewel het boek wel grappige elementen heeft, heeft het ook een wat klagerige ondertoon. Dat maakte het boek minder leuk o ...more
Jan 21, 2008 Heather rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Moms
Shelves: 2009
Pretty funny...if you're a mom. I could definitely relate to many of Sweeney's anecdotes, stories and struggles regarding motherhood. I think it was longer than it needed to be, and a bit choppy. There were some chapters separated by months, others by only hours. (I think the author wrote a newspaper column, maybe that's why?) I have to admit that Sweeney's consideration and struggle over having an affair with a dad from her kids' school was distracting...although it had funny moments, I guess m ...more
Aug 18, 2009 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd like to give this five stars, but then I'd know for sure I was completely hormonal (due to current pregnancy). Hence I think why I enjoyed this book so thoroughly. Although it is inconceivable to compare the quality of writing and depth to something like Atlas Shrugged or To Kill a Mockingbird, it is easy to say this story offered gentle diversion and relativity for me at this point in time.

If you're a mom and searching for light reading without the total simpleton trash factor, this is a fu
Aug 26, 2008 Ramona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished this book last night. It was so good. So funny. So witty. I actually snorted out loud at one point. I think every Mom should read this. Seriously. Without giving too much away, it is about a Mom of 3 kids who is just trying to stay afloat. She hides credit card bills and parking fines from her husband. She cannot control the laundry pile. She contemplates an affair with a stay at home Dad whose kids go to the same school as do hers. Her car is a dump. And she always gets herself ...more
Apr 20, 2009 Marianne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
I had really hoped that this would be a fun read about domestic bliss and all it's mishaps, and while there were certainly a fair share of mishaps the story went in a totally different direction. While her mommy moments were cute and had me laughing while I read, the rest of the story was dull and a little shallow. I didn't feel for any of the characters and felt that the story was too clean. The ending was very abrupt and not at all what I had expected. It took me forever to read this book, con ...more
I picked up this book as my "random read" for the month. Mommy-lit/Brit-Tit-Lit is not a genre that I've read a lot of. This book does have fun moments and can be entertaining (it is essentially Bridget Jones's Diary for moms). Some of Slummy Mummy's disasters seemed too outrageous and far too frequent to be plausible. The ending seemed especially so. My main criticism is that the book was unnecessarily long for the story it was telling and seemed to drag on.
Raquel Bernardes
Olhei para a capa do livro e pensei... hum será comédia de certeza. Tem algumas partes de comédia e de situações muito embaraçadoras, mas podia estar melhor. Na minha modesta opinião como é óbvio, este livro deixou um pouco a desejar e não me fez ler de novo.
Mar 14, 2010 Vicki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was an easy read and funny if you're willing to suspend reality a bit. It's as if Bridget Jones becomes a stay-at-home-mom. Chick lit's big sister- mother of toddler's lit, but I enjoyed it and didn't want it to end. It falls apart at the end much like a chick flick often does.
Sep 02, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very funny take on being a mother.
Eya Ben hassine
Jan 28, 2017 Eya Ben hassine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is beautifully written , light and entertaining (but some parts are really boring). The end was unexpected , I really liked the way all the stories ended and how Lucy realised at the end how much she appreciate her life and husband. I enjoyed reading it specially the last chapters.
Jan 01, 2017 Renee rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who enjoyed Bridget Jones and I Don't Know How She Does It
I think it's a mark of how good this book is that I have re-read it about 5 times and I love the main character, Lucy, even though I am nothing like her and would probably kill her if we lived in the same house due to her totally disorganised, irresponsible, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants approach to everything. I loved the characters (stereotypes?) easily recognisable by anyone who has school-age kids, e.g. Yummy Mummy and Alpha Mum. I could understand Lucy's nostalgia for her youth, her transit ...more
Sep 09, 2010 Rosie rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2011
As I had time I decided to give this book a second go. I managed to read it undisturbed and found that I really enjoyed it! There were both good points and bad points about this book but I still liked it nevertheless and would read a sequel to it if there ever was one. The book centres around housewife, Lucy's, life. How she copes with the children, housework, school runs whilst helping her friends get out of sticky situations (only to find herself in their place at times).

I liked how this book
Jul 28, 2015 Haylee rated it really liked it
I really keep starting reading books and then can't or get in to them as they are too boring or slow but after reading two books on holiday. I had to get back to reading this book the secret life of a slummy mummy, it is a book that I said I was reading and as a real true book worm reader, I had to read it no matter what. I slightly got in to it and finished it. I could get a feeling from the start the married was boring and not good as Lucy was someone who just day things to keep the house runn ...more
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Fiona Neill is a novelist and journalist. She was born in 1966. Her first novel The Secret Life of a Slummy Mummy, based on her column in The Times Magazine every Saturday, was published in 2007. It was widely acclaimed and went on to become a Sunday Times bestseller that sold in twenty-five countries.

Brought up in Norfolk, she now lives in London with her husband and three children.

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