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Souper Mum

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  99 ratings  ·  20 reviews
A fantastic debut novel that takes a refreshing look at family, modern life, and the joyless merits of quinoa. Monday morning can't get any worse for harassed mum-of-four Jools Campbell when, after a frantic school run, she's cornered in the supermarket by pompous celebrity chef Tommy McCoy, who starts criticising the contents of her trolley. Apparently the fact that she d ...more
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Published June 16th 2016 by Accent Press
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Gabi Code
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This debut novel is laugh-out-loud funny!!! Lots of good hearty and honest swearing, farting and snot talk! I found myself snorting with giggles on the train. Easy to read and topical... With loveable and realistic characters. Can't wait for the sequel! ...more
Shirley Golden
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I bought a copy of 'Souper Mum' because the author is a friend and a brilliant short fiction writer. I have to confess, it isn't the genre I'd usually pick; however, it is well worth reading, whether you're a fan of women's contemporary fiction or not.

The story follows mother of four, Jools Campbell's, journey as she is dragged into the superficial world of celebrity, after being accosted in the supermarket by TV chef, Tommy McCoy, and judged for the contents of her shopping trolley.

The characte
Ruth Sealey
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Not many books have the ability to make me belly-laugh and have teary eyes in the same proportions; Souper Mum succeeded there! A hilarious analysis of the daily grind of family life that every parent can identify with. Kristen Bailey perfectly captures the chaos, mess, emotions, tearing-your-hair-out moments and love that surround the demands of a modern family and the parental guilt that ensues. An impressive debut novel that has definitely left me wanting to read more.
Natasha du Plessis
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book and sometimes laughed out loud and then had to explain to my husband. This book reminded me of the Why mummy... series which I really loved.
Read this book whilst on vacation and it was the ideal book to relax with. I would recommend this book.
Rosie Amber
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Souper Mum is a contemporary women's fiction novel about mother of four Jools Campbell and her showdown with celebrity TV chef Tommy McCoy.

On a disastrous Monday morning Jools is accosted in the supermarket by Tommy as he sources participants for his TV show where he shows ordinary people healthier ways to cook and eat. Jools isn't in the mood for this and tells him straight what she thinks of him and his show. That evening she discovers she is a YouTube sensation as someone filmed her supermark
Jul 17, 2016 rated it liked it
A fun story about a mum taking on a supercilious to chef. Enjoyable and warm, but I felt the main character's swinging between virtually catatonic to extremely eloquent was at times a little unbelievable. ...more
Selaya Morton
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can't honestly remember when I had this much fun with a book. This story is awesome; running the gamut from flat out humour to doubts and pathos. Of course, it doesn't hurt that it's set in the exact corner of England where I grew up - Kristen Bailey even gives a nod to my original home town!

The other "plus" is the proper use of the Queen's English: right down to the curse words. Add to that names of stores & products with which I am very familiar and you've got a winning combination. The stor
Em Yarnell
Apr 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I ordered a paperback from a charity shop online as we were still in lockdown. As a debut novel I wasn’t sure what to expect, with her recent works being incredibly funny I’m glad that this one didn’t disappoint.
Kristen has a great ability to accurately portray real family life in all its hysterical and cringeworthy awkwardness. If you’re a fam on Gill Sims Why Mummy Drinks series, Tracie Podger’s limp dicks and saggy trilogy or Hannah Lynns Peas and Carrots series then this might be another on
Jo Eales
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it
This was an easy read. There were two things that got in the way of enjoying this book... 1. I didn’t buy in to the choices made by Jools. The portrayal of her character didn’t fit with the decisions she made. Of course, if she hadn’t made those choices then there wouldn’t be a story. 2. Overuse of comments about the nose (tea dribbles through her nose... bubbles out of my nose). There were so many I gave up counting and instead just groaned when I read another. Probably closer to two and half s ...more
Tess Lock
Good, down to earth portrayal of modern family life

This was a good, fun read, with a down to earth writing style and portrayal of everyday family life....with the twist of humour many of us use to help us survive it! I would recommend it to anyone without children (educational),with children (empathetic) and for older people whose children have left home (reminiscing). Three stars because I enjoyed reading it, but could easily put it down for a while, which can be useful, but will not remember i
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ich habe die deutsche Version "Tütensuppenglück" gelesen und war überrascht über den herrlich frischen und chaotischen Wind den die Hauptfigur durch die Auseinandersetzung mit einem prominenten Chefkoch in das Leben ihrer Familie bringt. Ein ehrlich direkter und chaotischer Familienroman mit viel Witz. Guz geeignet für alle die sich eigentlich weniger Chaos im eigenen Familienalltag wünschen - es geht auch noch chaotischer. Witzig, chaotisch und voller Liebe und Ehrlichkeit. ...more
graham wright
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Great book, great characters and loads of funny moments. Glad it was set in UK and not one of those American bits of twaddle that reviews often say are laugh out loud. Different sense of humour, so actually laugh out loud. Jools and Matt's relationship isn't portrayed as loved up and soppy either - just normal.
Michelle Ratcliffe
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Enjoyed but found the progress of the story slow.
I read the first chapter and abandoned it. It's not for me - I know it's supposed to be funny and ironic, but I just read the pathos and frustration and that's really not what I read for. ...more
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not my usual choice of genre, but it was free via Bookbub and sounded interesting. The author didn't disappoint, I really enjoyed the story and got quite a few good laughs in the process. ...more
Satdeep Grewal
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An insightful and endlessly witty take on parenthood with bags of drama to keep the pages turning. I would recommend to parents and non-parents alike!
Cennet Eren
Nette, seichte Unterhaltung.
Avid Reader
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not hysterically funny but still good

I read this after Kristen’s book, HAVE YOU SEEN MY SEX LIFE.? That was hysterical so I went back to read this one. I spent $3.99 in anticipation. It took me a bit to get over the fact that it wasn’t side splitting funny. But once I did, I really enjoyed the story and characters.
Es gefiel mir überraschend gut. Jools ist an einem Punkt in ihrem Leben, an dem sie sich fragt, wie sie dahin gekommen ist, ob es gut so ist, wie es ist, ob es nicht anders sein könnte. Umgeben von einer großen sie liebenden Familie.
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