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Why Mummy Doesn’t Give a ****

By: Gill Sims
Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
Series: Why Mummy, Book 3
Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Family begins with a capital eff.

'I’m wondering how many more f*cking "phases" I have to endure before my children become civilised and functioning members of society? It seems like people have been telling me "it’s just a phase!" for the last 15 bloody years. Not sleeping through the night is "just a phase". Potty training and the associated accidents "is just a phase". The tantrums of the terrible twos are "just a phase". The picky eating, the back chat, the obsessions. The toddler refusals to nap, the teenage inability to leave their beds before 1 p.m. without a rocket being put up their arse. The endless singing of Frozen songs, the dabbing, the weeks where apparently making them wear pants was akin to child torture. All "just phases"! When do the "phases" end, though? When?'

Mummy dreams of a quirky rural cottage with roses around the door and chatty chickens in the garden. Life, as ever, is not going quite as she planned. Paxo, Oxo and Bisto turn out to be highly rambunctious rather than merely chatty, and the roses have jaggy thorns. Her precious moppets are now giant teenagers, and instead of wittering at her about who would win in a fight - a dragon badger or a ninja horse - they are Snapchatting the night away, stropping around the tiny cottage and communicating mainly in grunts - except when they are demanding Ellen provides taxi services in the small hours. And there is never, but never, any milk in the house. At least the one thing they can all agree on is that rescued Barry the Wolfdog may indeed be The Ugliest Dog in the World, but he is also the loveliest.

©2019 Gill Sims (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

“God, she’s funny.” (Jilly Cooper)

“Honest and very funny - it’s a tale that mums will identify with.” (The Sun)

“Sims’s latest offering is a hilarious follow-up to her best-selling debut...you’d be forgiven for thinking the blogger behind Peter and Jane couldn’t pull it off twice - but she has.” (The Sunday Post

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Not At All As Entertaining As Her First Book

Gill Sims has jumped the shark with this book. It bears very little resemblance to Why Mummy Drinks. While that novel - her first - was really uproariously clever, funny, and populated by a variety of entertaining characters ... this one is simply one long, tedious bundle of complaints and negativity. Yes, there are laugh out loud moments that remind the reader of how hilarious Sims can be - but these are few and far between.

None of the characters are likable, and the daughter is particularly odious. Yet Sims justifies every obnoxious behavior as "typical teen" ... and spends far too much time rambling on and on as to why this behavior is to be expected. Underaged drinking, foul attitude, condescension ... it's all OK because, after all, teens are simply trying to sort out their lives. In one bizarre episode, she actually supplies her daughter and friends with multiple rounds of hard cider. Sims makes several off-putting and detailed allusions to the 13-yr-old son's masturbatory sessions. Please. No. Why?!

Finally, the behavior of the protagonist herself is absurd and off-putting.

The entire book is one scene after another of unlikable characters interacting unpleasantly, interspersed with the afore-mentioned rambles on reprehensible teen behavior that she considers age-appropriate.

Sims needs to stop here. This trilogy has overstayed its welcome.

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I've never reviewed a book before, but....

I absolutely loved this story!! At one part, I laughed so hard, I shot tea out of my nose. I even cried once. This is my new favorite book!

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  • Angela Livingstone
  • 07-23-19

Hilarious and Heartwarming

Really enjoyed this and gutted it's ended. The language and tone used by Gill about the family and friends and their antics is brilliant.
Gabrielle did a great job of reading it with all the different characters along the chaotic way through Ellen's year.

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  • laura blayde
  • 07-16-19

emotional rollercoaster

adore this book. heard them all. I laughed, cried, didn't want it to end! wonderful

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  • HampshireHooker
  • 07-16-19

Well I hadn't seen that coming!

Very funny and enjoyable as well. surprising plot shift, but still the usual well developed characters we have grown to love and love to hate...

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  • Sarah
  • 07-10-19

Another great instalment

I’ve listened to all of this series so far and will certainly purchase the next instalment as and when it appears. Although ultimately it’s just good old brain off fun, you really do empathise with half of the characters, while wishing fiery vengeance on the rest. It’s definitely not a bog standard, cup cake filled, saccharine rom com. In fact it’s so truthful that this whole series has re endorsed our personal decision to not have little ones of our own! Hats off to all of the amazing mums, and also to the fantastic involved dads the world over - you’re blummin heros!

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  • bankgirl
  • 07-05-19

loved the latest instalment

fantastic . really enjoyed the narrator
the latest storyline is great
hope theres more to come .

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  • Angellina
  • 06-30-19

Brilliant!

It’s so true to my life now - apart from her dad!

Almost ex-husbands and coping with teenagers in a divorce 🤣


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