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Mum on the Run

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  951 Ratings  ·  101 Reviews
Laura Swan was dreading the school sports day Mum's race - but whoever would have thought it could be quite so life-changing? 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. L ...more
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Published February 1st 2011 by Avon Books
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Feb 16, 2011 Leah rated it really liked it
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
Aug 26, 2014 Elaine rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this read. Poor Laura, she is 38 years old and not sure what is going on between her husband Jed and his colleague Celeste, which doesn’t help her self image one little bit. In a bid to lose weight we follow her to slimming club meetings, the coffee shop and her first ever attempts at running, and usually in that order!

What I love about Fiona Gibson is the way she portrays normal every day life. I am a mother, and when I was reading about Laura’s children and the things they s
Dec 29, 2011 Agi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
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
Hannah Ward
Mar 23, 2015 Hannah Ward rated it it was amazing
This is my second Fiona Gibson book and I completely fell in love with this book too. It is so true to family life, it will make you laugh out loud so be careful reading it in a public place. Fiona has a relaxed way of writing that I just love. Loved all the characters, it does have funny parts in this book but it also has some serious parts. My kind of chick-lit, easy read.
Mar 01, 2014 Chloe rated it liked it
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
Mar 20, 2012 Danielle rated it it was amazing
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
Hayley Noble
Dec 22, 2014 Hayley Noble rated it it was amazing
Halfway through reading this book I got deja vue and realized I had read this before! However this book still had be cackling away, extremely funny!

Fiona Gibson Does it again!
Dawn Lennox
Feb 05, 2015 Dawn Lennox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So many times while reading this book I got the giggles, and thoroughly enjoyed the story. Well written, the children are real in the way of being bratty at times but I can believe in them.

I enjoyed reading about Laura Swann, her entertaining family and all their various antics. Twists and turns, tums and bums, veg bakes and 30 ways with tuna, it all fits in the book.
Feb 13, 2016 Joyce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a fun book!
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Oct 30, 2015 Best Crime Books & More rated it really liked it
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
Jun 30, 2014 Ghalia rated it really liked it
Misunderstandings and hyper-assessment of even the lightest of situations can yield grieve results, and that was what Gibson preached as a background lesson. The crust of the plot dealt with a fat woman trying to revive her life and purpose by losing weight and pulling her in shape, but it was just not about weight loss - it was about relationships and how to juggle them in peace, and even when there is unrest all around. We are reminded of our childhood and teenage, our foolishness and careless ...more
Nov 11, 2015 Karibee rated it liked it
“Mum on the run” is the first Fiona Gibson book I’ve read. It’s quite funny but still tells a very insightful story. The protagonist, Laura, is a married mom of three and has lost her ‘oomph’. She has gained a bit of weight and now does all the mummy things without properly taking out time to take care of herself.

After a particularly embarrassing scene during the Mother’s race at her kid’s school, Laura decides to make a life change and takes up jogging, thus beginning her journey to confidence
M.D. Bowden
Jun 12, 2014 M.D. Bowden rated it really liked it
Bridget Jones humour, well written and quite the page turner, but I didn't really enjoy the overall theme of not knowing whether her husband was having an affair - it made me feel sad :-(
I thought the portrayal of life with children seemed quite accurate!
Jul 23, 2015 Bumblebeebookworm rated it it was amazing
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Mar 27, 2011 Aileen rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 25, 2011 Emma Long rated it it was amazing
A very funny book that reminded me everyone with kids goes through similar things!
Alison Booth
Jan 07, 2013 Alison Booth rated it it was amazing
hilarious every mum can relate to the book had me laughing out loud!!!
Jan 11, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I can't wait for her new one :)
Jan 07, 2015 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Emma by: Amazon
I haven't read any books by Fiona Gibson before so when I came across this book on Amazon for free I wanted to give it a go as the blurb made it sound interesting, the story picks up with a mother who falls during a sports day (we have all had those moments) and decides to lose weight where she meets Danny for a long time during this book I thought that she was going to end up having an affair with him but wasn't disappointed with their ending. I liked how it showed the story of a family life I ...more
May 02, 2012 Maureen rated it really liked it
laugh out loud funny
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May 06, 2011 I Read rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads, love
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
Aug 05, 2012 Emma rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-kindle, romance
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
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
May 05, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Dec 27, 2014 Smitha rated it really liked it
I wish Goodreads allowed .5 ratings. This was a 3.5 read for me. Above average but not quite a 4/5 stars read. A fun, easy read about a mum of three, caught up in everyday life had let herself go. Loved the way the author writes, she had me laughing away at Laura and her antics, and cringing sometimes. And it made me want to start running! A good fun book
Julie Haigh
Dec 29, 2013 Julie Haigh rated it really liked it
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
Mar 13, 2015 Oonagh rated it it was amazing
Fabulous. Light-hearted and fun. Very apt if you have ever had children, a mother-in-law or joined a slimming club! Mum on the Run
Louise Annette Marshall
Jul 10, 2012 Louise Annette Marshall rated it really liked it
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
Jan 06, 2015 Cai rated it liked it
Maybe I'm just not into contemporary chick lit but I found this book way too predictable. It makes it seem like once you become a mother, everything falls apart. She has mass insecurities, which I can relate too but the way she goes about it is completely cringe worthy.
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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
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