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Why Mummy's Sloshed: The Bigger the Kids, the Bigger the Drink
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Why Mummy's Sloshed: The Bigger the Kids, the Bigger the Drink (Hardback)

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Number One bestselling author Gill Sims is back with her eagerly awaited fourth and final Why Mummy novel.

I just wanted them to stop wittering at me, eat vegetables without complaining, let me go to the loo in peace and learn to make a decent gin and tonic.

It genuinely never occurred to me when they were little that this would ever end - an eternity of Teletubbies and Duplo and In The Night Bastarding Garden and screaming, never an end in sight. But now there is. And despite the busybody old women who used to pop up whenever I was having a bad day and tell me I would miss these days when they were over, I don't miss those days at all.

I have literally never stood wistfully in the supermarket and thought 'Oh, how I wish someone was trailing behind me constantly whining 'Mummy, can I have, Mummy can I have?' while another precious moppet tries to climb out the trolley so they land on their head and we end up in A&E.


Mummy has been a wife and mother for so long that she's a little bit lost. And despite her best efforts, her precious moppets still don't know the location of the laundry basket, the difference between being bored and being hungry, or that saying 'I can't find it Mummy' is not the same as actually looking for it.

Amidst the chaos of A-Levels and driving tests, she's doing her best to keep her family afloat, even if everybody is set on drifting off in different directions, and that one of those directions is to make yet another bloody snack. She's feeling overwhelmed and under appreciated, and the only thing that Mummy knows for sure is that the bigger the kids, the bigger the drink.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Humour Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication Date: 15/10/2020 ISBN-13: 9780008358556  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Gill Sims is the author and illustrator of the hugely successful parenting blog and Facebook site 'Peter and Jane'. She lives in Scotland with her husband, two children and a recalcitrant rescue Border Terrier, who rules the house. Gill's interests include drinking wine, wasting time on social media, trying and failing to recapture her lost youth and looking for the dog when he decides to go on one of his regular jaunts.

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An enjoyable tale. I haven’t read any of the previous ‘Why Mummy…’ series, they have never really appealed to me as I had them pegged as 'a bit too chick lit'. However, having read an extract of this fourth and final instalment, I thought I’d give this one a read. Obviously, I’d missed out on the back story of the previous three books as the children grew up, but I didn't feel that this mattered too much and I think this book is quite readable as a standalone novel. We join Mummy and the teenagers as Jane is tackling A levels and Peter is sitting his GCSEs. Needless to say, the classic parent/teen battles about studying/borrowing the car/getting ready for school on time etc. are all there. The book is split into a chapter for each month of the year (barring October and November), some of which seem to go on for pages upon pages. That said, it is an entertaining, and at times laugh-out-loud book, although for me it also did still have a bit too much of a chick lit air about it.

- 06/11/2020
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Bestselling author Gill Simms returns with her fourth and final instalment in the ‘Why Mummy.....’ series with “Why Mummy’s Sloshed”. Ellen has been a wife and mother for so long that she’s a little bit lost. Now her beloved ‘moppets’, Jane and Peter, are ready to finish with school and a different set of parenting problems are arising. Amidst the chaos of A-Levels, driving tests and trying to impress the opposite sex, she’s doing her best to keep her family afloat. She’s feeling overwhelmed and under appreciated, juggling work with family and trying to hold it all together while remaining sane. As a mother of three grown up sons, I could immediately relate to Ellen and the family situations she finds herself in. It felt instantly reassuring to know I haven’t been alone with the same issues that Ellen was experiencing. From the terrible two’s, starting school and hormonal teenager angsts, this series covers EVERYTHING and more! Both Jane and Peter are just so typical of today’s youth, caring more about keeping up with Instagram and how fast the broadband speed is. There was so many funny scenes too - when Ellen offered to look after her best friend’s overactive and demanding toddler Edward for a night, you just know there will be trouble. I don’t believe there’s a parent around who hasn’t had experience with their child and Sudocrem, an impossible product to remove from clothes and carpet! I particularly liked how the story was set out in a diary form covering a full year, with each of the events narrated within the correct month, e.g. the taking of exams in June and the dreaded expectation of results in August. This made for a highly realistic time line of events that sounded all to familiar and I knew exactly what issues was on their way! The author has obviously learnt everything first hand and has managed to convey every experience a parent could endure, funny, sad, serious or lighthearted, into a fabulous set of books every mother (and possibly fathers - for a once in a lifetime chance to see inside a women’s mind) should read. “Why Mummy’s Sloshed” is quite a rollercoaster ride and I did feel quite breathless at times, it’s not a stress free read but then neither is parenting! And in the words of the author, “the bigger the kids, the bigger the drink!” A highly recommended comedy fiction series for parents, these are so much more practical than any parenting book you could read and for aspiring have been warned! 4 stars

- 25/10/2020
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The fourth and final book in the ‘Why Mummy’ series follows another momentous year in the life of refreshing modern mummy, Ellen Green, as she deals with the challenges of single parenting two teenagers on the cusp of adulthood, a ‘restructuring’ at work and an existential crisis as she tries to work out what the future holds for her once the moppets leave home. Ellen is now forty-eight with Jane on the verge of turning eighteen and Peter age sixteen, meaning the nightmare of double exam hell with A-Levels and GCSE’s looming. Newly single after her love interest transplanted to Antarctica, Ellen is also suffering further indignity in the form of the moppet’s dad, Simon, dating a woman a decade younger than her! And with Jane planning on going to university before the year is out Ellen is all at sea about what her own future holds once she is no longer a mother with children still at home and they are adults in their own right. The diary format and conversational style of writing throughout makes Gill Sims’ book the perfect pick me up for besieged mummies and any other readers looking for a funny, very honest and hugely relatable book full of witty observations on not only parenting but relationships and modern life in general. ‘Sloshed’ is another wonderfully irreverent encounter with Ellen and company that includes best friend, Hannah, now the exhausted mother to a feral toddler and husband’s Colin and Sam with occasional appearances from both Ellen and Simon’s families (including Louisa, Simon’s barmy sister)! Whilst there is obviously an element of predictability in this book as with previous outings the character development of Ellen and most significantly, that of Simon is worthy of a mention and has been noticeable throughout the course of the series. However as a reader who has followed the entire series and perhaps because I knew largely what to expect from the off I did find the book a little too formulaic and lacking in surprises to the point where I found the book easy to put down and it was the first of the series that didn’t hold my attention entirely.

- 21/10/2020
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This I’d my first Why Mummy book and I’ve definitely missed out, having teenagers myself though probably makes this feel all the more relevant especially your role in their life and how they feel about you! Despite having a very different family and circumstance it’s so easy to put yourself in Ellen’s shoes and understand the frustrations of raising an older family and frankly if you can’t find humour in it you’ll go mad. This is a very easy read whether you demolish it in one sitting or dip in and out, there’s some very recognisable humour as well as all too familiar frustrations (and also for me future frustrations... driving test aaarrggh) It’s great to read a book with zero judgement about parenthood and how frankly we all just do our best and mostly get it right and if not then frankly why not have a nice glass of wine and start again tomorrow!

- 19/10/2020
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