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Publisher's Summary

Why Mummy Drinks is the brilliant novel from Gill Sims, the author of the online sensation Peter and Jane.

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....

©2017 Gill Sims (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Truly a Laugh-Out-Loud Experience

Let me preface my review by noting that the author pulls no punches when it comes to extremely "salty" language. So this novel probably is not for the faint of heart. For everyone else ... read on!

I have very high standards when it comes to humor. TV shows, books written by comedians, my husband ... the exceptions are few and far between. When I read reviews promising laughs galore, I'm skeptical.

So, Why Mummy Drinks is a rare and precious find. I actually not only laugh out loud - a lot - but even throw my head back to do so, every now and then. The narrator's interpretation, pacing, and deadpan delivery, are simply tailor-made for this novel.

Because the author is British, many of her expressions and expletives are not commonly used here in the US ... but they are simply spot-on and I long to incorporate them into my own salty repertoire.

Ms Sims takes stock characters - perfect moms, latter-day hippies, intrusive relatives - to the next level. And her writing style is a treat, as well - the phraseology, the similes, etc - are delightful.

In short - if you are a free spirit with a sense of humor, this Bud is for you!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Very Funny!

Would you listen to Why Mummy Drinks again? Why?

Absolutely. It was just that funny to me. And i don't even drink.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ellen. I think we (mothers) think like her we just don't say it. And she loves her dog - what could be better?

What does Gabrielle Glaister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She did an excellent job with the voices.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Not sure.

Any additional comments?

I never review books but I felt I had to with this one as i very much enjoyed this book. If you enjoy British comedy DO NOT let this book pass you by. I laughed out loud many times while driving down the road.

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Funny as fuck

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book gives plenty of good laughs. And who doesn't like humour?

What was one of the most memorable moments of Why Mummy Drinks?

Her recollection of the first time she made dinner for her husband.

What does Gabrielle Glaister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She's very expressive, bringing the character to life.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laughed a lot

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Hilarious!

I laughed out loud over and over again It's certainly not for the faint hearted but it is bloody funny!

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Going to return

4.5 hrs in and I really don’t care what happens. It had some humorous moments but it reads like a diary more than a story. Just a rundown of the life she wants verses the one she has. I’m guessing by all the good reviews it gets better but I’m out.

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  • gzo11
  • RIVERSIDE, CT, United States
  • 08-25-18

Hysterical 😂

Truly spectacular and delightfully funny. Was such a joy to listen to.
Can’t wait for the next one.
Please please please do the ‘why mummy swears!’

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Wonderful!!!

This book es wonderful, witty, funny and I cannot day enough good things about the narrator. I absolutely loved it!

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  • MM
  • 07-16-18

Laughter and Community

Hilarious, naughty, and delightfully British. Also, confirmation that underneath, no one thinks they’re good enough, and that sharing our struggles is what builds community.

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Soundtrack of My Life

If you change the narrator to a black woman from the south then this would basically be the soundtrack of my life. Why Mummy Drinks makes me feel so much less crazy but simultaneously makes me realize how crazy I look to everyone else all at once. But I love this book and I absolutely recommend it to Mums everywhere. Turns out we're all a little nuts.

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Boring

Something was lacking for me with this one. Kinda just read flat. Super disappointed however Can I have your number y Sophia Kinsella was amazing

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  • Mutti
  • 12-26-17

A Good Listen

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Having persevered through a 'bad' audiobook, it was refreshing to listen to this one. The book was fun and engaging and had an interesting story line. Would definitely look for more of the same from the author. Really enjoyed this book

What did you like best about this story?

Enjoyed listening to how the characters developed - it was relatable

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The brother and sister in laws visiting over Christmas

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

It can happen to anyone

Any additional comments?

A good listen, definitely give it a try

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Sarah
  • 01-04-18

LOL

Eleventy billion reasons to listen to this book! I was only able to snatch 15 minutes each time to listen to the audio but that was enough to send me off with a giggle or smile.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-31-17

Fantastic!

Genuinely laughed all the way through and by the end felt like a bloody normal thirty something mother! Highly recommended !

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Jennifer
  • 11-07-17

Want more!

Loved the story line, excellent pace. V sad when it finished. Totally worth the read.

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  • Steven
  • 12-05-17

Funny

Laughter throughout of what is exactly real life,
Laughing out loud when walking the dog, highly recommended

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • T. Fulford
  • 11-18-17

side splittingly funny

OMG this is so funny because its all true you can see and here yourself in every story and Im male!
Its really accurately observed and recorded, really funny.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Saz
  • 11-11-17

simply brilliant

so well written and well observed, funny and true to life. loved it, and will listen again.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Natasha L
  • 11-26-17

Badly cast narrator

I felt that the narrator spoilt would could have been a good book. The protagonist is in her 30s - the narrator sounded like a woman more in her 50s-60s. Her voice just didn’t gel with the story line at all.

The story itself was quite fun - but at times I wondered when it was going to actually get started. Not a huge amount happened, although the author did hit the nail on the head many times with her observations of modern mummy life - which is really what enabled me to keep interested in this book.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Liz
  • 10-22-17

love love love

Gill Sims is marvellous and this book is fantastic and definitely the sort of story you laugh your way through no matter your age.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • B Purcey
  • 11-11-17

recommended

great! funny! a sharp reflection of middle class motherhood in recent times. easy listening. recommended

7 of 8 people found this review helpful