Review – Why Mummy Drinks by Gill Sims

My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


51RASW7wNULWhy 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…


I have had a little break from blogging recently due to my 4 year old having a ruptured appendix (ouch!), but now that she is well on the road to recovery I thought it was best to get back into the swing of things… and this hilarious romp of a read has set me off on good footing!

The introduction is hilarious involving a classic day in the life for many parents.  You could say that it is the perfect manual of how not to do things, although in reality it is how many days pan out for mums and dads, unless of course their child is impeccably behaved, punctual and enjoy extra curricular activities with a love for learning and homework… hhhmmmm, one can dream I suppose!

This book is a day by day (or should I say, ‘blow by blow’) account of a successful “mummy blogger” where each story told flows well, is informative and has that ever needed splash of wine aspect to it which makes it fun.  This is excellent bedtime, pool time, garden time, car time (whilst waiting to collect the kids) reading … you name it, you can read it wherever.  You can dip in and out, or mark pages and sections to reread on those days that are a bit more testing.  You will have a smile on your face, a tear in your eye and you may find yourself pulling your own hair out in the process.  I cringed at the “extended family” but I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall for all those moments – simply brilliant!

This has been written full of wit and the funny side is seen in some pretty bad situations (which is a must as a parent!), so when teamed up with a great editor, an excellent piece of work has been created – a diary that all parents, both new and old, will want to read to either reminisce or to see what lies ahead for them.

This wonderful read is already out to buy and I even spotted it for sale at my local supermarket for only £3.99 – bargain!  Thank you to Polly Osborn at Harper Collins for my copy in return for an honest review – this was fun reading for me at a particularly difficult time.



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