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Why Mummy Drinks

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  7,079 ratings  ·  698 reviews
Why Mummy Drinks is the brilliant novel from Gill Sims, the author of the online sensation Peter and Jane.

Boy Child Peter, Girl Child Jane and Daddy have exciting adventures with Mummy. Daddy likes gadgets. Peter and Jane like starting fires, trying to kill each other and driving Mummy to drink. Written from the point of view of an exhausted mummy at the end of the day, it
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 19th 2017 by HarperCollins (first published 2017)
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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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!!
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
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
So true!!!!!!
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
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not a mother, but i am the elder sister of 4 (21,17,12,1 years old) so most of the book i actually could agree with. My god do i need some form of alcohol when i come home after a 16 hour shift and they all sitting waiting for me to fix some device or to argue that i was supposed to attend some event that NO ON TOLD ME ABOUT. I am aware i am not a mother to any children, but it appears without me in the house- my mother CALLS ME WHILE IM AT WORK, to deal with the plebs i call siblings. This ...more
Listened to in audio format.

I had never heard of the Peter and Jane blog page.
After listening to this book I will definitely give the blog a read.

Why Mummy Drinks is the diary of 39 year old Ellen, her husband Simon and children Peter and Jane. Ellen works part time but feels guilty for not being a stay at home mummy. Ellen feels inferior to the yummy mummies at the school gate and is friends with BF Hannah and Sam who is gorgeous but gay.

The diary excerpts were reminiscent of Bridget Jones Diar
Book-Lover Book Blog
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is hilarious! Ellen is EVERYONE who is a Mum; frustrated, sweary, stressed and every now and again has the desire to throw a massive paddy that rivals their childrens’ ones.

I’ve been in hysterics, crying with laugher, with each page and chapter. The characters were so amusing and in most parts, I saw myself. Especially with the mummies in the playground thing. And I so wish Ellen’s app was real!

Didn’t much like the ending with Simon’s family. I thought it was a bit much and no one in thei
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this had me laughing out loud so many times. fantastic story any over worked mum would understand. loved every minute of it
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
A book that has parts we can all relate too! Made me laugh out loud in parts. Enjoyable read
Jules (Never enough time to read)
It was ok. Some parts I really liked and others I didn't.

I also didn't warm to the main character Ellen, who was a bit too much of a spoilt, selfish, judgemental, bad friend, who didn't seem to like anyone including her own family the majority of the time.

I think the hype killed it a bit for me, I just didn't like it as much as I expected too.

Also the style of writing reminded me of Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones novels.

But it was still a quick and mostly fun read.
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very amusing read and very relatable. At times it was a bit “middle class” and made me cringe a bit but it was overall a funny book.
Andy Chadder
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious read from the author of the Peter & Jane blog on facebook.
If you are familiar with the content of Peter & Jane then this is an expanded version set over a Year in the life of the family. I’ll never look at a kitchen blender again without thinking of this book.....
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
Leah Howden
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely outstanding! Laugh out loud funny! Highly recommend
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