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.
Parenting blogger Gill Sims' debut novel, Why Mummy Drinks, is based on her Peter and Jane blog. The synopsis says: "It is Mummy's 39th birthday. She is staring down the barrel of a future of people asking if she wants to come to their advanced yoga classes, and polite book clubs where everyone claims to be tiddly after a glass of Pinot Grigio and says things like 'Oooh gosh, are you having another glass?'
But Mummy does not want to go quietly into that good night of women with sensible haircuts who 'live for their children' and stand in the playground trying to trump each other with their offspring's extracurricular activities and achievements, and boasting about their latest holidays.
Instead, she clutches a large glass of wine, muttering 'FML' over and over again. Until she remembers the gem of an idea she's had..." Why Mummy Drinks is out in October 2017.