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Why Mommy Swears

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  1,586 ratings  ·  201 reviews
Why Mommy Swears is the much anticipated new novel from Gill Sims, author of the hilarious Why Mommy Drinks and online sensation Peter and Jane.


It’s every parents’ nightmare – the start of the school holidays – and instead of sitting in the sun, reading a book over a cold, crisp glass of Pinot Grigio, Mummy has two bored moppets to attend to. After frantically booking spor
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by HarperCollins
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Miriam Smith
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: twitter
I haven't read Gill Sim's first book "Why Mummy Drinks" the No. 1 bestselling debut fiction hardback of 2017 but had heard fabulous things about it so was over the moon to be in a position to read her latest book "Why Mummy Swears".
As a parent myself I've encountered many similarities in this wonderfully funny story - the days out to national trust places thinking you're doing the correct and intelligent thing to secretly disposing of end of year school work desperate not to be discovered. The p
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Anni
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here is a woman after my own heart – she even has a border terrier like mine, which features on the blog from which these anecdotes are taken, along with a glass of mother’s little helper. There will be few moms who cannot relate to these snippets of family life on the frontline.
If you find yourself needing a bit of light relief from worthy heavyweight literature, then you can do no worse than to indulge your guilty-secret craving with something wickedly funny and undemanding like this follow-up
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Rachel Hall
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having listened to the audiobook of Why Mummy Drinks and the sweary rants of middle-class mother, Ellen Russell, I was unprepared for how entertaining, honest and irreverently funny I found it. Despite not being a mummy or even married I was still able to empathise with Ellen’s plight as just about the only requirement is an idea of how parenting has changed over the course of the last decade and just what a complex minefield it has become. Written in the same diary format as Why Mummy Drinks, t ...more
Tracy Shephard
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ellen's diary is hilarious..

Covering a year from July, and the start of the school holidays, to the following July this hilarious look at motherhood, career adventures and family had me rolling with laughter.

I could write a novel with just my review and include all the times I giggled, snorted and wet myself laughing at life in this dysfunctional but very realistic household.

It is totally relatable and what I loved the most was 'Ellen's voice'  it's like hearing a tale from your best friend like
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Fabulous Book Fiend
This book was just hilarious. It was so great to be back with Ellen again. I felt as if I was on her team and we were fighting the injustices of the world swearing and drinking together. If you think they covered every possible funny mummy scenario in Why Mummy Drinks then think again because there is so much more trouble children and mummies and daddies can get into and it is a just as funny the second time around.

Ellen is such a great main character to spend time with. She is just down to ear
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Bookish Chat
This book arrived at just the right time. Picture the scene....a sweaty, disgruntled 12 year old boy, one foot out of the door, ready to hop on his bike and disappear into the great outdoors. Me, equally as sweaty and disgruntled as I try to cajole, coerce, tempt and bribe him into doing just. A. Tiny. Bit. Of. Revision. Pleeeeeease. Me: 'Shall I stick these revision notes on your bedroom wall for you?'.....Him: 'yeah and if you could just stick some in the bin that'd be great'.......in the word ...more
Lainy
Jul 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time taken to read - on and off over 4 days

Pages - 368

Publisher - Harper Collins

Source - Review copy

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Why Mummy Swears is the much anticipated new novel from Gill Sims, author of the hilarious Why Mummy Drinks and online sensation Peter and Jane.

It’s every parents’ nightmare – the start of the school holidays – and instead of sitting in the sun, reading a book over a cold, crisp glass of Pinot Grigio, Mummy has two bored moppets to attend to. After frantically booking sports c
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Annette
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Totally hilarious and definitely a laugh out loud book. I did try not to swear in front of my children but I can certainley remember desperately wanting to many times.
Kat
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my second book by Gill Sims, and I hope she will write more.
Pamela Scott
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(copy from the author via NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed)

Why Mummy Drinks was hilarious and I couldn’t wait to read this. I’m so glad I did. I’m not a parent but I found so many things in this book made me laugh out loud. This book is great fun from start to finish. I was enchanted by it. I loved the part where the family have lunch in a self-catering café which is a hilarious nightmare because each person has their own menu quirk. This was a pleasure
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Martha Mae
Personally, I found Gill Simm’s sequel ‘Why Mummy Swears’ much better than her first novel ‘Why Mummy Drinks’. I never really got the whole app-inventing sub-plot in the first novel and found it all a bit too far-fetched. The sequel, however, I found both realistic and enjoyable. Both novels are super easy reads (a couple of days each), lighthearted and pleasantly mindless. At some points I felt as if the main character was slightly ‘moany’ but then again, I’m not a 42 year old mother. I’m 18 an ...more
Shelbycat
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pph-book-club
This was probably not written for me. It was fine but I did feel there was a lot of whining which got really annoying.
Kelly
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Swearing in it’s best sweary form. Life in your forties with kids at its very best. I challenge anyone to read this book and not find some affinity with the story. Cross your fingers you did those pelvic floor exercises correctly because you’ll need them working to the max. From PTA nightmares to holidaying alone with kids I loved every minute of this book. Judgy dog deserves a special mention for being so judgily fabulous!
Maggie
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funniest book I've read in years, I laughed my t*ts off! Obviously do not read if you are offended by swearing.
Lorraine Sears
I bought and downloaded this book on Kindle after the fun and bright cover attracted my eye on a mooch through Sainsbury's. I hadn't read the first book by Gill Sims 'Why Mummy Drinks' and perhaps if I had I could have saved myself £3.99.

While I admit the book started quite well - fast paced, with humorous moments where I thought 'me too', it quickly deteriorated. The continuous manic speed makes for a crude and abrasive read, and the constant barrage of sentences written in capitals, poor punct
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🔮⚡️Voracious
As was the case with “Why Mummy Drinks”, this book made me laugh out loud. At one point, I was actually in tears. It is so unbelievably relatable, I defy any mummy not to enjoy this book. However, the very irritating overuse of the term “eleventy billionth time” was enough to lose a star. It was used eleventy billion times - unnecessarily - and for me, was the book’s only downfall. Apart from that, I giggled, I chuckled, I nodded my head vigorously in agreement and most importantly, I thoroughly ...more
Louise
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't finish it! Some funny relatable bits as a mother but I just found it a chore, didn't manage to get half way through without wanting to shout get a grip! Never has a book defeated me before but the spare time I have to read I want to enjoy not see it as a chore. Just not for me!
Suzanne Robertson Moutis
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: january-2019
First, and most importantly, how can I get Gill Sims to be my best friend?? I would TOTALLY go down the pub with her for a little glass (or five) of wine to unwind after work. I would TOTALLY go over and watch her precious moppets while she and Simon have a night out. I would TOTALLY be on the PTA with her (even though my child is now in university). Without sounding like a creepy stalker, she is my idol.

Second, everything Mummy says and does in Why Mummy Swears is pure, solid, laugh-out-loud-f
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Rachel Simson
My initial thought about this book is that it's really funny! The style reminds me a little of Bridget Jones. The book instantly seemed modern and up to date by mentioning pop culture references like Fortnite. However the book really slowed down by the 50% mark and nothing really seemed to happen. I liked Ellen as a protagonist and her daily life is both funny and really entertaining, but the pace of the plot became too still for me and there wasn't as much development by the mid-point of the bo ...more
Ros
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

I was given this as a Christmas present; I truly thought I’d managed to conceal my effing and blinding to behind closed doors at home.

Obviously not.

Fuck it.

I enjoyed this one; it’s very British, so I’m not sure that some of the gags will translate well for readers across the pond.

It’s actually the follow up book to the very popular ‘Why mummy drinks’. As it was a gift I read this one anyway, but feel that the better stories were *probably* used up in the first one.

I really do enjoy r
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Georgia Rose
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why Mummy Swears was given to me by someone special as a Christmas present and is a really fun read. Written in the the form of a diary it tells of the hectic life of Ellen as she attempts to combine family life and motherhood along with going back to work now her children are old enough.

I have to admit that I am a little passed the stage of life that Ellen is doing battle with, but that didn’t matter, as it brought back many memories of what life was like way back then. All that juggling; famil
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Wendy Jakob
I really enjoyed this light hearted read but if you don't like swearing it probably won't be to your taste. There is a LOT of swearing in it. Lots of it rings true and although it's essentially a humourous take on the struggles of a woman trying to juggle family life with working full time, it also highlights the disparity that still exists between working parents.

However, one thing that really annoyed me was how did no one spot that 12 year olds are not still at primary school? A glaring error
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Sara Eames
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a quick read that is amusing in places and quite serious in others. I found it harder to read towards the end, as this is when it got more serious and somewhat emotional.

However, the characters are well-written and the plot moves at a steady pace. As the title suggests, there is a lot of swearing Inthis book but, if you have read the previous book, you will know what to expect. All-in-all, not a bad book and I would read more from this author.
Rachel
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the first book, and this one is even better! Hilarious, so true to life and realistic - I found myself nodding along all the way through. Brilliant read. Highly recommend this very funny novel
Fiona Wilson
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-reads, netgalley
I have read a few of the authors blog posts on Facebook, and have also read her first book, Why Mummy Drinks. Mummy finds herself drawn into the murky world of the PTA as well as having a new job. In trying to stop her two separate lives from becoming twisted together, she becomes embroiled in lies and deceit.

Another funny book from the author. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing a copy.
Adele Shea
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gill Sims has well an truly surpassed Why Mummy Drinks with this book.
Laugh of loud, amazingly funny book.
I would rate this book Eleventy Billion stars if I could.
Please tell me there is more to come, this can not be the end of Ellen and her fun and frollicks.
Melanie
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first it took me a while to get into the book because I thought Ellen moaned and complained about her family so much but I realised that at some point when reading I completely warmed to her! She funny and honest. The book does make me nervous about when my baby grows up and can answer back but I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it! I laughed a lot and even shed a wee tear. A good book that I’d recommend to parents that can relate to the stories.
Martin Blake
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mummy certainly does swear. A lot, and quite creatively. I thought I was a Grand Master, but reading this has enlarged my vocabulary of profanities. It's funny too, but also insightful and at times moving. Definitely recommended, though not for the faint-hearted.
catherine
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved to book! I laughed from start to finish. I loved the use of hyperbole that was used for humour throughout.


My favourite read of 2018.
Katie Hawley
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not as funny as why mummy drinks. But very relatable
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