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GILL SIMS

 

Why Mummy Swears (2018)

 

Ellen’s life is busy enough as it is. She has two children: Jane, who, at eleven, is obsessed about becoming an Instagram star, and Peter, who like his sister is not afraid to speak his own mind, no matter how embarrassing the talk turns out to be (from informing their cousins that Santa Claus doesn’t exist to a weirdly deep knowledge of how children are made). Then, there is her husband who considers his share of the housework to be cleaning out the cupboard of all its food.
But now Ellen has joined the PTA group and is back to work full-time. Between organising school parties, cleaning the house, finding excuses to take time off work, and dealing with step-parents and step-siblings, long school holidays, and a quite eventful (and hilarious) Christmas, Ellen’s life is far from boring.
I haven’t read the first book in this series, Why Mummy Drinks, but I am definitely going to because the protagonist’s adventures are so funny. The book is narrated in the form of a diary and the author created a brilliant character in Ellen. She is realistic, likable, and so hilarious and I found myself always siding with her as she shares her feelings, her anger and frustration towards her husband (mostly), her sister, other parents, her colleagues, and, also, her children. Full of laugh-out-loud incidents, embarrassing moments, and relatable situations, Why Mummy Swears is an engaging and captivating summer read that I highly recommend you don’t miss! (NP) 8/10


 

Why Mummy Drinks (2017)

 

Ellen has just turned 39 and still has hopes of living the perfect, organised life. Unfortunately her two children Jane and Peter and husband Simon don’t follow the script and she often has to resort to a drink or two. Readers follow Ellen’s life over the course of the year, as she fends with relatives who stay too long, befriends the hot single dad at the school gate and creates a fun app about a mum’s life.
Set out in diary form, this is exactly how you imagine Bridget Jones as a mother. With a cast of memorable characters, it’s a very funny debut novel about family life from a mummy blogger. 7/10

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