Today, I am excited to be sharing my review of Why Mummy Drinks by Gill Sims with you all.
Boy Child Peter, Girl Child Jane and Daddy have exciting adventures with Mummy. Daddy likes gadgets. Peter and Jane like starting fires, trying to kill each other and driving Mummy to drink. Written from the point of view of an exhausted mummy at the end of the day, it’s honest, it’s funny, and it’s a little bit sweary.
It is Mummy’s 39th birthday. She is staring down the barrel at a future of people asking if she wants to come to their yoga class, and book clubs, where everyone is wearing statement scarves and they are all ‘tiddly’ after a glass of Pinot Grigio. But Mummy does not want to go quietly into that good night of women with sensible haircuts who ‘live for their children’, boasting about Boy Child and Girl Child’s achievements. Instead, she clutches a large glass of wine, muttering FML over and over, and then remembers the gem of an idea she’s had…
I have had a hardback copy of Why Mummy Drinks for such a long time, and just never got to it, but I am so glad that I FINALLY did, because this book was exactly what I needed in my life. Even from the title, I knew I was going to love it, I mean come on, ‘Why Mummy Drinks. The diary of an exhausted Mum‘ – this is basically my life! Is this book written about me? haha.
From the very first pages, I related to this book so much. The run down of Ellen’s day as a parent is just so accurate, even down to the dog being sick! By 15 pages in, I had not stopped laughing, and I was laughing so much that there was actually tears. Thank you to page 14, and Ellen’s hangover, I officially have a new favourite hangover quote for how my mouth feels… “I think a badger shat in my mouth” is possibly one of the funniest things I have ever read.
This book actually touches on a few topics about parenthood that you rarely hear people talk about, and it was really refreshing for parenthood to not be painted as this perfect experience that is always enjoyable, because in reality it really isn’t like that. For me, the part that I related to the most was how Ellen felt about the other playground mums, and how she felt that they viewed her. I always feel like the other parents have their shit completely together, and there’s those “perfect mummies” that rock up to school in a nice outfit, who have had time to do their hair and makeup, and even stop for a takeaway coffee on the way, while I’m there in tracksuit bottoms, a hoodie, no makeup, and my hair chucked up because I didn’t even have time to brush it. But this book really showed that that is okay, and in fact, no parent feels like they have their shit together, even the ones that look perfect.
Peter and Jane are absolutely hilarious. Their antics never failed to make me laugh, especially Jane and her total honesty regardless of the situation. I got quite a few strange looks from Alex while reading this, because I was constantly bursting in to laughter, and it actually took me a lot longer to get through this book than it should have, because I kept stopping to re-read sections out loud to Alex.
I have seen a lot of people complain that this book was just Ellen whining, but actually it’s not that at all, and I think most parents (especially mums) will really appreciate this books honesty about parenthood. During such an awful time, Why Mummy Drinks was exactly what I needed to lift my spirits. It was fun, hilariously funny, and a really enjoyable read from beginning to end.
I give Why Mummy Drinks a 5 star rating!
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