Why Mummy Drinks - Gill Sims

January 21, 2018

4/5 Stars 


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 supported by the hilarious Diary of Adrian Mole, then their feckless 20-something years backed 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 the middle-age years, you'll adore this. 



Why Mummy Drinks is a brutally honest, often amusing appraisal of:

a)being a working mum
b) raising children that have a frequent tendency to embarrass you and 
c) drinking far too much as a consequence.

Right from the start, it sets the tone; outlining the 'ideal day' (offering the 'precious moppets' a choice of 'wholesome homemade breakfasts', serenely walking to school etc.) vs the grim reality of telling aforementioned moppets to 'disengage themselves from bastarding electronic devices' and legging it to school with moments to spare.

We're then immersed in Ellen's chaotic, madcap life, raising Peter and Jane, coping with her husband's irritating habits, designing an app, while defending herself against the 'coven' of yummy mummies in the playground. She befriends Sam, an uber-fit dad who happens to be gay, and together, they and her other friend Hannah spend a lot of time getting sozzled, particularly when there are relatives staying at home.

Ellen's frosty relations with her relatives are where much of the hilarity comes from - especially hippyish, feckless Louisa, who lets her youngest child poo where it pleases. There are many other laugh-out-loud moments in the book (the dangerous fireworks made me particularly chuckle), and several wince-worthy events that most parents will 100% relate to.

At times, I did find Ellen and her lifestyle a little bit cringeingly privileged and middle-class, and her decisions at times were a little unpleasant, yet conveyed as acceptable within the book. However, given this was her diary, this seems fair! Likewise, my attention was waning slightly in the middle, but hauled right back on track before long, which made me glad I persisted through the slightly slow section.

Overall, a really fun, lighthearted read - a nice change from all these bleak, weighty tomes that dominate the book shops (or maybe it's just me, continually investing in grim novels, tee hee!). If you loved Bridget Jones' antics, you'll definitely love this.

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