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Why Mummy Drinks

(Why Mummy #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  10,843 ratings  ·  1,001 reviews
It is Mummy’s 39th birthday. She is staring down the barrel at a future of people asking if she wants to come to their yoga class, and book clubs, where everyone is wearing statement scarves and they are all ‘tiddly’ after a glass of Pinot Grigio. But Mummy does not want to go quietly into that good night of women with sensible haircuts who ‘live for their children’, boast ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 19th 2017 by HarperCollins
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This is a comic insight into the life of a middle class family and the travails of life that disrupt all efforts to be more organised. It is written in the form of a diary, Ellen is a woman looking to change her mess of a life with her recalcitrant young children, Peter and Jane, and her tech obsessed husband, Simon, and family dog. Her turning 39 awakens all her insecurities and fears about the process of aging, she is determined to be more fashion conscious and improve her image, and be the mo ...more
Nat K
"Wine is my friend."

More like whine. Incessantly. About everything. And everyone. Mweh. I wanted to drink while reading this. Maybe I should have, I may have enjoyed it more.

Ellen tells her story via diary type entries. Kind of like a "day in the life". She is a tired working mother of a young family, her scary 39th birthday is looming (ooooooo!), or is it her 40th? Whatevs. She day dreams of the "perfect" life while living the exact opposite. She wishes for the day to be over so that it's wine
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
2 stars

I have to start this little review by saying firstly that I am not a mummy. So I guess I may be a little bit more judgemental over this poor pathetic mummy who is quite negative, jealous of the other pretending to be more together mummies and feels victimized by both her kids and her husband.

Rude, crude and sometimes disgusting, the main character can't stop saying FML, Oh God Oh God, Shaggin, shitfaced, dicking about, Eleventh billion, and Moppets. She even uses the f word, not only nea
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
. A fabulous book Why Mummy Drinks with the diary of an exhausted mum. I adored reading this diary which is written from September to August. I can certainly see why the announcement of this book caused a sensational reaction online.
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
Aug 24, 2019 marked it as dnf-shelf-of-shame
DNF @ around 30%

This book was so incredibly unfunny - it felt like it was just a load of complaining. It was supposed to make me laugh, but kind of brought me down instead, cause the "normal life" the main character seems to be leading (and trying to get you to relate to her) is just so... Damn depressing. Not a good read. I could barely push myself through the third that I managed to read.
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not as funny as the Facebook blog and written too much in the style of Bridget Jones which seems old fashioned nowadays.

I'll stick to the better written and far whitier blog.

ARC via Netgalley
Lucy Banks
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Bridget Jones meets motherhood; searingly honest, highly amusing, good entertainment all round.

For any person born in the 70s / 80s, their teen years were probably much supported by the hilarious Diary of Adrian Mole, then their feckless 20-something years back up by Bridget Jones' Diary. If you brought into those two books, and you're now a 30-40 year old, raising kids and peering towards 'middle-age', you'll adore
Rhianydd Cooke - Cambourne
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a laugh out loud, stupid book and I enjoyed every moment. I’d like to say I couldn’t put it down but I took my time with it because it made my face hurt if I read it for long periods of time 😂.
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Ellen really could be anyone of us. She's heading towards a big milestone in her life and she is doing her best to try and be the perfect mother and wife. Well as we only to well know, life is never that easy and even though we may fancy ourselves as being a bit of a Mary Poppins, sadly that is probably more just wishful thinking!

This book will make you so glad you've read it and make you realise that your own family life is very much a normal one. People may portray a totally different image at
Lucy Reynolds
Nov 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Glad i only paid a pound for this in the Kindle daily deal. Not my normal sort of book at all but i wanted something light after the last book i'd read and i wasn't aware of the blog it has grown from, though i do feel i've read dozens of similar 'Mummy' blogs along those lines.
Disappointingly snobbish ('I was so very Jeremy Kyle today') and full of 'mummy' cliches that have been so prevalent over recent years, not to mention a suddenly successful app that magically generates a couple of hundred
Saar The Book owl
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Bridget Jones meets motherhood meets Shopaholic.
I don't have anything bad to say about this book. In fact, it seems to be a long time since I've laughed out loud reading a book. The story was so recognizable being a mum myself. Maybe that's why I felt such a strong connection with this book.
There were a lot of scenes where I thought:' Yes, been there too!'
It was full of swearing and very comical, but it makes the job of being a mother, having a household and working a more bearable when reading
Zoe Hall
Dec 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars
Where to begin? Was this book enjoyable? Mostly, yes. Was I enthralled? No.

Maybe because I’m not a mum this book didn’t really do anything for me. Was it witty? Yes. Did I want to keep reading? No. I found myself putting the book down after each diary entry and doing something else before picking it back up again. I also skipped a bit in the middle.

Down to personal taste, I think there are better books of this ilk out there but nevertheless, it’s a quirky, witty read. Just not to my usual tast
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
A weighty subject coated with light words and humour, Why mother drinks ... tries to pinpoint the frustrations and tribulations of modern motherhood. The need to be a paragon of virtue who has unending patience and good will.
Children are supposed to be angels ..but any right witted parent will know that though they look like Angels, they often behave like devils. And Ellen has two devilish specimens in the form of Jane and Peter who test her patience sorely.
Simon, her ever absent (either menta
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can't tell you how excited I was to find out that the woman behind the Peter and Jane Facebook page was publishing a novel. If you follow Peter and Jane you will already know how hilarious each post is as this exhausted mum tries to balance working, looking after the house and dealing with her 'precious moppets' and invariably ends each day with a drink of something and a photo of said drink - and Judgy Dog of course. The novel follows Mummy, Ellen, throughout a year and is written in the form ...more
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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With every page offering some form of entertainment or hilarity, Why Mummy Drinks is a witty, sharp novel full of fun and craziness!

Though I don't have any kids myself, I found this novel to be really entertaining and amusing. I could picture the situations very well, despite not having been through it myself, and this shows was a fab writer Gill Sims is.

Why Mummy Drinks is both delightfully sweary and comical, with some hilarious situations peppered amongst th
Lizzie Riley
May 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was okay- but I was hoping for so much more. The first few chapters annoyed me, as it was completely reliant on a series of stereotypes- the dad who spends too much time at work, the mum who does all the child care and housework, the stay at home mums, the working mums etc. etc. I was really hoping that this book would break away from this, and have something different to say, alas not! It felt like a bit of a rip off of Bridget Jones if I'm honest with all the above mentioned stereoty ...more
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it
funny novel in diary form of a mother who drinks to escape but felt though was still slightly middle class though but did enjoy it, was an easy read
Rachel Gilbey
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Despite not being a mother myself, I can't help but feel that parents everywhere will identify with Ellen, and her thoughts on parenthood.

Written as a sort of diary / in date sections over the course of a school year, you see how Ellen dreams of having the perfect family, with incredibly well behaved kids, and doting husband, and then you are shown the hilarious reality of her situation,

Not only do we see Ellen's family but we also see snapshots in detail of two other vastly different parentin
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
First of all, I didn’t buy this book, a friend gave it to me. A very middle class friend who struggles with her children, and desperately wants to do a perfect job balancing home and work.
My own children are in their twenties now. And guess what? I miss them being young! I miss standing in the playground, being given stick men drawings. I miss the mess, the noise, I miss making eggy bread in the mornings.
So Gill Sims’ book seemed like a long, spoiled rant to me, with the odd funny bit in it, h
Jan 04, 2021 rated it did not like it
I won't lie, I toyed with the idea of not including this in my GRC this year, as I'm embarrassed to have read this. Where to begin. This is probably the worst book I've read in a very long time. 300+ pages of asinine nonsense. For context, I was gifted it for Christmas as 'a book I would actively hate' and challenged to finish it. A cruel joke, which for reasons unknown to me I have taken to its conclusion.

Why I hated this book:
- It's hours of my life never to be fucken' returned
- Tired diary fo
S-Lou Lea
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!!!!! It just made me laugh out loud repeatedly and annoy my other half with frequent shouts of "OMG this is written about us" on a very regular basis!! ...more
Charles Edwards-Freshwater
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very funny, keenly observed book that made me very happy that I do not have children. However, even without being a parent I could appreciate a lot of the humour, the very middle class British setting and the general tomfoolery of it all. It made me laugh out loud a few times, which for me is pretty rare when reading!

I will say that it is very over the top and entirely unlikely in lots of ways, but I set these criticisms aside mostly because it was fun and, frankly, isn't that the point?

The en
Christina McDonald
Why Mummy Drinks is a hilarious insight into the life of Ellen and her typically middle class family. Written very much in the style of Bridget Jones, it is witty and sharp, with a huge amount of swearing and an even huger amount of drinking.

On the down side, there appeared to be no story within this story. It's basically a diary following Ellen's life as she tries to get her children to school, goes to work, and tries to have a life apart from being a mother. There was also very little dialogue
Novelle Novels
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 out of 5 stars
Any mum out there who is finding the school holidays tough please read this and laugh.. Previously being a mum was written about with rose tinted glasses where all we heard was the good side of motherhood. Thankfully we now have books that talk about the reality, being a mum is hard work. This author sums it up well and makes you laugh. Ellen has two kids, a husband and a dog whilst working which is how it is for so many of us. Hearing the way she describes everything from playgr
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
So true!!!!!!
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: great
I’ve read the book so now I know why Mummy drinks but what I’m not so sure about is why she writes.

I used to be able to read a lighthearted populist novel like this without wanting to commit acts of violence against the author but as I get older – and as I have less spare time so my reading time is really precious to me – I start to seriously resent bad books. An editor friend of mine used to say ‘Life’s too short to read bad books’ but I’m a stubborn soul and I rarely let a book beat me, even
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I only went to do the food shop in a local, "well known", supermarket, killing some time between dropping the daughter off at Stagecoach, and picking her back up again. Of course, I had to have a mooch around because just doing a straight food shop is as boring as... well, it's really bloody boring, isn't it? My mooching took me to the book aisle (what a surprise!) and one book in particular stood out.

The bright, yellow cover of Why Mummy Drinks instantly catches your eye, and then, there's the
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Ellen is a witty, funny, exhausted, working woman who strives hard to be the perfect mother, wife, daughter, sister, and friend. Her children embarrass her, her husband prefers the company of his gadgets over her (he’s also very aloof to her needs), her sister belittles her for being wild and uncouth, her relatives take advantage of her and her friends find her too dramatic. So, a frustrated Ellen often vents in her diary about the thankless, selfish people in her life or she drowns and numbs he ...more
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Gill Sims is a bestselling British author and blogger.

Sims is the author of Why Mummy Drinks which was the Sunday Times Fiction Bestseller of 2017, Why Mummy Swears published in 2018, and Why Mummy Doesn't Give A **** published in 2019.

In 2016, she began her Peter and Jane blog, which quickly gained a viral following. Her blog offers a comical response to issues facing parents. She has also writte

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