Title: Why Mummy Drinks
Author: Gill Sims
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…
With every page offering some form of entertainment or hilarity, Why Mummy Drinks is a witty, sharp novel full of fun and craziness – and the audiobook version that I listened to, narrated by Gabrielle Glaister, is a fab version!
Though I don’t have any kids myself, I still found this novel to be really amusing. I could picture the situations very well, despite not having been through it myself, and this shows was a fab writer Gill Sims is. Listening to this on audiobook was also very funny as Gabrielle read the novel out loud so well, in a very comical way, and I found that I could imagine some parts even more having listened to them. on audiobook.
Why Mummy Drinks is both delightfully sweary and comical, with some hilarious situations peppered amongst the more ‘everyday’ tasks (which are also very funny) of trying to juggle kids, husband and work – certainly no mean feat. Though there are moments when I didn’t like Ellen’s actions and felt a bit irritated by her, wondering why she was doing that, I can really appreciate this entertaining story and I really enjoyed reading it, from first page to last. I imagine that, if I had kids and had been through all this myself, it would be even more entertaining and relatable.
Definitely recommended if you fancy a light-hearted, easy read and good laugh!