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Mum on the Run

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Laura Swan was dreading the school sports day Mum's race - but whoever would have thought it could be quite so life-changing?
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Avon Books
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Laura Swan is the type of mum who hates her kids sports day, mainly because after having three kids, her body just isn’t what it used to be. But after promising her daughter Grace she’d participate in the Mum’s Run, Laura finds herself utterly embarrassed after falling during the race, not least because her husband Jed was there to witness it with his sexy new colleague Celeste. Vowing to not be humiliated like that again, Laura joins a tub-club and meets Danny, who she finds herself clicking wi...more
Dec 29, 2011 Agi rated it 5 of 5 stars
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It was my first book by Fiona Gibson but I'm sure not the last one:)
It started with a kick and ended with a kick, it have me hooked from the very first page to the very last page, I couldn't wait to turn the page to see what's going to happen. Perhaps I didn't laugh out loud (although sometimes too) but I have smile on my lips reading every word of this book. Laura and her family were so, so nice, although sometimes I just wanted to salp Finn on his ass, and Toby as well, and Jed was from time t...more
This is the second book i have read by Fiona Gibson and i wasn't dissapointed.

The book starts off with Laura running the mums race at her children's sports day and lets just say that she comes famously last and ends up falling over at the finish line in front of her children.

Laura and Jed are happily married with 3 children Finn, Grace and Toby. Ed has been getting very close with one of his work colleague Celeste, which very much annoys Laura as she has noticed that her husband has become ver...more
Chloe Wood
Finn pissed me off. That's all I can say. The spoilt little sod did my nut in!! Laura definitely needed to stand up for herself more! I was also expecting there to be another mums race at the end, at which she would beat Naomi and her kids would suddenly stop being brats. I also found it strange that Laura's relationship with Danny wasn't really an issue with Jed. Their kiss never came up, which it should have! And there was too much devotion to Celeste and Jed's relationship. I didn't really un...more
A brilliant fun read, I read it in a few hours, had a bit of a late night, but great book, definetely recomend.
Emma Long
A very funny book that reminded me everyone with kids goes through similar things!
Alison Booth
hilarious every mum can relate to the book had me laughing out loud!!!
I loved this book. I can't wait for her new one :)
laugh out loud funny
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Having never read Fiona Gibson, but constantly seeing good reviews I opted to choose Mum on the Run for my first read. Laura Swan is a typical mother, and in true chick lit style we see the opening of the book showing us just how much she was dreading the kids school sports day. Sadly, it meant she would have to take part in the `Mum's' race, which she knew was not her thing. In the first few chapters I was chuckling away as Gibson describes how the other mothers will no doubt have been in train...more
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When I read the comments by critics claiming it would make me laugh out loud I was more than sceptical because I very rarely find a book has that affect on me so I surprised to find myself suppressing giggles that were bubbling up inside on a few occasions – the situations being described were just too amusing. At first I thought I might get irritated by Gibson’s style of writing, where everything no matter how mundane was described in a comical fashion, however once accustomed to it I thoroughl...more
When mum-of-three Laura sees her husband Jed flirting with another woman at their children's sports day - and then promptly falls flat on her face in the Mum's Race - it signals the start of a change in her life.

I found Mum on the Run extremely funny, it obviously hit right on my funny-bone target - but I also cared about Laura. She is not a flawless heroine (at times she is completely ridiculous and hypocritical) but that just makes her more believably human. I can see an awful lot of women ide...more
Sports Day at her children’s school is a nightmare for Laura because of the event she dreads – the Mums’ Race. She knows the other mothers have been in training for at least three months – even though they’re trying to pretend that they haven’t. Laura’s vowed never to take part, but the morning of the School Sports Day she makes a fatal error and promises her daughter that if she eats her Rice Crispies, she will run. With no escape, Laura is forced to take part and as she moves towards her inevi...more
June Louise
Laura Swan's world is turned upside down on school sports' day, when she sees her husband, Jed, there in the company of one his very glamorous female colleagues. As a result, Laura ends up on her back after slipping during the Mum's Race. From then on, it is Celeste this and Celeste that as far as Jed is concerned; made worse with Laura's feelings of being fat, frumpy, used by her three children, an embarrassment and a laughing stock. A chance meeting with Danny, some visits to a Slimming Club a...more
Julie Haigh
Dec 29, 2013 Julie Haigh rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fans of chic lit, humour, husband straying stories
Recommended to Julie by: A piano pupils's mum
Great book recommended to me.

I hadn't heard of Fiona Gibson before, this author was highly recommended to me. I'm so glad I found this book. It's a good, easy, feel-good read. Easy to get into and follow, I really enjoyed it. So much so that I bought another book by the same author straight away ('Pedigree Mum'). It's a very 'real' story that you hear of so many times-a married woman, who is a mum, not quite as slim as she used to be, no time to spend on herself. The husband thinks the grass is...more
Louise Annette Marshall
This book had a lot of funny moments a good ,fun lighthearted read. .Laura busy frazzled mum of 3 feels frumpy and mumsy an feels its time to change ,when she falls flat on her face at school sports day to her horror ,whilst her husband is flirting away with the young Celeste a fellow teacher .She takes up running and a friendship forms with running partner Danny ,whilst she feels shes slowly loosing her husband to the glam and french young Celeste...lots of funny moments along the way ,an lots...more
Laugh out loud funny. Just the tonic to wile away the hot days of Summer. I will definitely be on the look out for more books from this author.A tale of busy working parents having little time for themselves because of the demands of their children etc. A Mother who's dealing with low self esteem and a Father who's distracted by a co-worker find themselves at a crossroads in their marriage and mayhem ensues. As we are lead through their trials and tribulations doubts and self worth we are shown...more
This is the first book I have read by Fina Gibson and I really liked. It had me laughing out loud. Laura is married to Jed and they have 3 children. It is school sports day and Laura takes part in the mum's run, she ends up falling flat on her face and when she gets up her husband is there (he is suppose to be at work) with another women Celeste. Laura then starts to think her husband has something going on with Celeste and Laura also thinks she has let her self go a bit after having 3 children...more
A fairly enjoyable chick - lit. From the back I assumed that the ending would be Laura winning the mums race a year later but I was totally wrong. I liked Laura and her kids. There was a moment in the book where I was laughing like a hyena. Me and my boyfriend were going to take up running a few weeks ago but we've managed to put it off and have yet to run anywhere. The snow is a good excuse. I also think runners look abit silly. Sorry Laura. Maybe this book will help me be motivated!!!! .........more
Simone Mcfadden
This is the first book I have read by Fiona Gibson and it won't be the last.

A hilarious read that will have you laughing out loud throughout it.
I won this as a Goodreads First Read and I loved it. It loses one star for being a touch predictable, but then most chick lit is.
I don't have children myself, but I hear a lot of stories from friends and family and Fiona Gibson has captured the comic and often truly exasperating nature of children and the events of a 'normal' family. I genuinely found myself giggling away at her descriptions and while it may have been a lighthearted story, it certainly wasn't frivolous.
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Beckie Treble
i saw this in a website for chick lit as i've been havin a chick lit couple of weeks. i gotta say that i'm gonna take up running when im better. If Laura can do it, then i can too, she's an inspiration, she really is. I love ghat there was no cheating in the story, and that the whole thing was a huge misunderstanding.

There were times when i wanted to ring the kids neck. it was just the way they were written. Laura could't get a break. good story, i liked it. =)
I read this book after it was offered as a freebie on my Kindle. I wasn't expecting much from it (as it was free!), but it's well written and offers an interesting insight into the mind of a mum who is struggling to feel noticed and appreciated by her husband and family. It is genuinely funny and, although a little dragged-out in places, it was a surprisingly good read.
Ct Fatimah
too much details- I skipped pages more than ever.... I dont think that she is my favourite author :(
Another good read....I remember her columns from women's magazines were always fun to read so I had high hopes for this book.I so enjoyed it,had sympathy with some of the characters and how it is so easy to lose sight of what is really important in life and that life sometimes isn't easy and you can get swept away with an idea.Great easy read.
Total chick lit but really good. I did think Jed was having an affair so was surprised when he wasn;t. I liked Laura (the main character) she was very clumsy and trying too hard to be perfect which to me was a general flaw that everyone faces - i always find it down to earth reading about people like Laura because she's just human.
Kim Tarry Tamayo
A lot of this book didn't really talk to me because I'm only the Mum of one and I don't have the problems with dieting, exercising etc. But some of things in this book were really funny and something every woman can relate to. Everyone wants to feel loved and attractive so it's something this book definitely looks at.
Definitely falls into the mummy-lit category. Great central character - a mum who has had her brain scrambled by 3 kids trying to regain some self-esteem and navigate what appears to be a mid-life crisis. Enjoyed the theme of taking up jogging to lose weight/get time for herself - can relate to that!
I received this book free through Goodreads First Reads.

Laura takes up running as a way to get fit and lose weight. This book looks at how she comes to take up running and her life around this time.

I enjoyed reading this book. It was very easy to read. It was also light-hearted and very funny.
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Fiona is an author and journalist who has written for many UK publications including The Observer, The Guardian, Marie Claire, Red, New Woman, Top Sante and Elle. She writes a monthly column for Sainsbury’s magazine and is a Contributing Editor at Red magazine.

Fiona lives in Scotland with her husband, their twin sons and daughter. She likes to draw, run 10k races, play her saxophone and lie in the...more
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