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The Unmumsy Mum: The Sunday Times No. 1 Bestseller

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  3,479 ratings  ·  272 reviews
THIS IS NOT A PARENTING MANUAL. THIS IS REAL LIFE.

The Unmumsy Mum writes candidly about motherhood like it really is: the messy, maddening, hilarious reality, how there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach and how it is sometimes absolutely fine to not know what you are doing. The lessons she's learnt while grappling with two small boys – from birth to teething, 3am night fe
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published February 11th 2016 by Bantam Press
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Sara
I liked this. There’s a certain amount of solidarity you share with someone who’s gone through a similar parenting experience to yourself. I’m a seasoned mother of two (soon to be three). I know it isn’t all baking (I hate baking) and doing ‘fun’ things with chubby cheeked angels - but it’s nice to know that I’m not the only one who knows this. Parenting is hard work. It’s boring at times (ten episodes of Hey Duggee in a row is enough to drive the sanest person over the edge), and lonely. A trip ...more
Natalie
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Forget Bounty packs, this book should be given to every new Mum as they leave hospital. Would have saved my life in the early days.
Grace Eleanor
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have an insane amount of love for this book (laughed and nodded throughout the entire thing), not because I 'feel normal' - I've always known I was normal, but because finally somebody has said that parenting isn't just sunshine, smiles and rainbows. I'd never heard of The Unmumsy Mum blog before this book but will definitely be new follower of it now! So if you're one of the mum's that think 'for fuck sake' on a daily basis and need to know there are others like you there then I sincerely rec ...more
Jessica Deany
May 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF. I even bought this book bc I thought I’d love it. But the author is really pessimistic and looks at the bad sides of parenting. I totally get that her purpose was writing honestly instead of rainbows and letting other parents know they’re not alone if they’re not loving every minute. I just thought based on the cover and summary that it was going to be funny parenting stories. It’s more like a commiseration for parents.
Tonielle
Sep 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Well this is a tricky one, because I teetered towards 2 stars. After thinking it over I've decided I did like it as a whole because the author is not afraid to tell it like it is which I think alot of mothers need for reassurance. However.... this is one to read in very small doses instead of all at once because it seemed to be one long winge-fest. Not to mention the amount of times the author calls her boys little bastards/arseholes etc. I genuinely question why she had two children in the firs ...more
Laura
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’ve just read this as a new Mum and it certainly makes you feel better about not feeling all jazz hands and smiley faces! Parenthood is hard work and it is boring at times - this book allows you to admit that without feeling too guilty. Does it mean you love your child/children any less? No, of course not.

The book isn’t to be devoured in one sitting - I felt it best to be read in chunks as, although very truthful, it can feel very negative. I also wouldn’t recommend reading it before having a
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Effosyecats
May 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF. Was really looking forward to reading this book and understand that it is to help mums everywhere know that they are not alone but I felt this book was extremely negative. There are times mums struggle obviously because it is a hard job but this book seemed to moan about every aspect and I feel that in a growing negative world this isn't helpful.
Leah
Mar 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Firstly, I will caveat this review, by saying I really wanted to love this book. The reviews for it have been astoundingly favourable and there is actually nothing to really dislike about it but overall it is a rehash of the authors, now famous, blog.

I will say that there are a couple of laugh out loud moments but overall these are much scarcer than the synopsis or blurb would have you believe. Added to this there is much sentimentality, as if this book is actually a legacy for her children, int
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Megan Jones
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Unmumsy Mum writes honestly about motherhood, telling it like it is. The lessons she has learnt whilst battling with her two boys, in this book you will roar with laughter and take comfort in the fact that it is definitely not just you. 
So yes I am late to the party reading this, and what a party it is! Now, I only read this for interest and I found it to be a hilarious entertaining read and one that is brutally honest. The Unmumsy Mum writes in a very readable way and has a fantastically br
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Katey Lovell
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm not sure if part of the reason this didn't speak to me as much as it has some of my friends is because I'm well past the baby stage.

There were definitely scenes from their family life I could relate to, and I did find myself giggling along at the comments about the challenges of parenthood, but personally I feel the short, sharp blog posts have more of an impact than a full-length book.
Jessikah Hope
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2017
Why do I have a weird obsession with mum books? I am 21 and not planning to have children anytime soon but The Unmumsy Mum is captivating because she's HILARIOUS. I love following her instagram because day to day dramas have never been more exciting. I also found the parts about her mother, who passed away when she was 15, particularly moving. From laughter to tears, this book was fantastic.
Gemma (Non Fic Books)
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mum-books
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I could totally relate to her experiences and the book was easy enough for my knackered brain to process right now. A fun read for anyone with small children.
Fliss
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it
An incredibly negative but funny book.

Would not recommend to a first time pregnant lady as it will terrify you.
Nadine Ross
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
I couldn't get into this and never managed to finish it! It has some funny parts but nothing to write home about! Not a book I would be quick to recommend!
Steph Hayward-bailey
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this refreshing take on modern motherhood. I was laughing throughout as it is very relatable.
Iva
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DNF not my cup of tea
Elena
2.5*

(Citala na srpskom: Ok je... na momente jako smesno... ali brzo dosadi! Nonstop se zali i kuka, umesto da uradi nesto da promeni rutinu i malo uljudi razmazenu decu...)

My friend gave me this book and said "you must read this - her kids are your age, this chick talks just like you, likes her adult time, and she doesn't like doing a lot of the mommy stuff, just like you don't." While this is all true - there is a huge difference between me and the author. I don't like doing a bunch of this
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Sharon
Dec 30, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I like the Unmumsy Mum blog - it's where I go when I feel a little bit shit. There's always something there that pulls me back and says - you're trying your best, you're doing all you can do, we're all in this together! I'm NOT the only one who laughs when Anna says "I want you to take me up the North Mountain". I'm NOT the only one who should probably extend an invitation to Justin Fletcher when we hold family get-togethers. I'm NOT the only one who relies on a steady flow of bribery biscuits ( ...more
Ailsa
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I picked this book up from someone who was rehoming it because I thought it would be full of funny, honest stories. It sat on my bookshelf for a little while, than I started it earlier this month, looking for some light reading and a change from fiction.

While the book does have some amusing anecdotes from Sarah's life as a mother, and some short funny things that some of her blog readers have written to her about, the book is much more like an honest look at all aspects of being a mother to very
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teleri jones
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A true account of parenting- a must read for anyone finding it hard

Sarah's account of the highs and lows of parenting has made me laugh out loud. It is well written and I enjoyed every page. I have found becoming a mother tough and this is the only book where I have found my feelings about motherhood acknowledged. I have felt every emotion she has felt and the wonder of her blog and book are that they make you feel normal. You are not in this alone and there is true acknowledgment of the fact th
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Virginia Franken
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the best book on parenting I've ever read and certainly the funniest. And I've read a few. Totally brilliant and totally hilarious. She understands completely what it is to be a mother. She knows all about the fierce love we feel for our children and also the daily nightmare of trying to be a mum without stuffing it up entirely - oh and also trying not to lose your potatoes every day. (That's what I say to my kids - everyone better start behaving or mummy's going to start losing her pota ...more
Jenny
Jan 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I would have liked to give this book 3.5, I don't think I could give it 4. I think the idea is great - that you don't have to feel bad if every moment with your child doesn't seem perfect, if you're having a bad day, wish you were doing something else, or your day doesn't match up to pictures of "perfect families" on social media. As a mum-to-be I found the beginning of the book very funny and reassuring. However as the book progressed I felt it was about 90% complaining with very little positiv ...more
Heather James
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Can I give this book a million stars please? The Unmumsy Mum's blog posts and FB updates brighten my days. As it says on the back of the book "This is not a parenting manual. This is real life!" I could relate to so many of the anecdotes in this book and I'm sure I'll be relating to many more over the next few years.

This book made me laugh, smile and cry (the chapter dedicated to Turner's mum took me a few attempts to get through), but there was also a really serious message inside the book: th
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Paige Hughes
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Worth all the tears and actual laughing out loud moments

Absolutely fantastic. No one ever tells you the hard bits. And there are days I don't want to try and venture out of the house. Trying to do the food shop with a screaming toddler, who won't sit In the trolley but won't walk either. But insists on running round or screaming stood up In the trolley. After reading this book I've realised I'm not alone. There are days that I want to rip my hair out but there are days that make it all worth whi
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Jennifer Burt
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I read this for a work project and it was absolutely hilarious. I'm sure it would be a 5-star rating if I had children and could actually relate, but the fact that I enjoyed it so much despite not having any inkling of what parenting is all about speaks volumes about the quality of this book. I'll certainly be recommending it to my friends who have children!
Amy J
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
absolutely brilliant! I would recommend this to any new mum, it made me feel totally normal rather than a complete failure and made me realise that not every day with children is sunshine and rainbows and that it's completely normal.
loved this book from the beginning and literally laughed out loud reading it, which I haven't done with a book in a very long time!
Jo
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Laughed/cried with relief more than once. Quoted it at Steve and will remember it at trying times. Not a parenting manual or a self help book but definitely does a bit of the job of both of those. Thank you, Sarah Turner.
Sacha Tremain
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Snort out loud funny because it’s so true! So glad this was written as it has made me feel less of a failure as a new mum for not finding every moment blissful and to realise that I’m not alone in finding some days bastardly hard and others wonderfully joyful.
Stacey Banks
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It made me laugh out loud and in parts made me cry. This book is just so relatable, I mean, who hasnt had to scoop a poo out of the bath with their bare hands? I love it because with every chapter you can see how every parent has bad days. So glad it's not just me!
Melanie Third
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
brilliant read. currently reading the 2ndd book
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