The Darker Side of Mummy Misfit - Amanda Egan (2012)

In this sequel to Diary of a Mummy Misfit, Libby opens her diary again to allow us a full view of her life - blemishes and all. Libby is pregnant as the school year resumes and the family's money woes seem to be behind them. The women from her son's private school, whom she calls the 'meemies", are still mean, snobbish and obnoxious as ever. Libby's sidekick, Fenella, is a hoot. And what comes out of her mouth will make you blush and wish you had a gal pal like her. But Libby's life is not all roses and throws her more curveballs than she can handle. Her husband Ned is by her side, but even a good-natured man can take only so much. Amanda Egan takes us on a journey to the dark side of relationships, while infusing laughter and love into all aspects of Libby's life. (ZP)

Diary of a Mummy Misfit - Amanda Egan (2011)

Amanda Egan's debut novel, Diary of a Mummy Misfit, is written in a diary form of clever comments and observations of everyday life. Libby is a strong character who doesn't take herself or life too seriously, and she tells it like it is whether you want to hear it or not. You're drawn into the world of private education, and all the social aspects that go with it. The snobby well-to-doers, middle and lower-class people all trying to manoeuvre through the landmines of back-stabbers, socialites, and organising school events all while pretending to like one another. The story is full of colourful characters, zany English humour, amusing situations and who knows you might even see a little bit of your life within the pages. It's that familiar, relatable feeling you get while reading that will have you clicking the pages and laughing in delight. Watch out for the sequel, due out later this year. (CF)

Amanda Egan's Diary of a Mummy Misfit, set in the London prep school scene, is for anyone who ever thought they don't belong. The summary says: "When Libby Marchant and husband Ned made the monumental decision to sacrifice luxuries and holidays to see their only son Max through private education, they hadn't expected to meet so many unsavoury and dislikeable personalities along the way. Happily, the cruel jibes of the pompous 'Meemies' are made more tolerable by the lasting and loyal friendship they strike up with the affluent Fenella and Josh. Follow Libby's journey as she discovers the chasm between the Haves and the Have-Nots in her mad new world of school committees, designer handbags, bitching and botox. With Fenella by her side, Libby is able to maintain her sanity. But what happens when the credit crunch bites, you're desperate for another baby and your Asian neighbour is trying to match-make you with her infatuated son?"

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