Book Review: Why Mummy Drinks by Gill Sims

It is Mummy’s 39th birthday. She is staring down the barrel of a future full 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 class 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…..

Mr F bought me Why Mummy Drinks by Gill Sims for Christmas and unbeknown to him I was already a massive fan of the Peter and Jane Facebook page . I knew if the book was even half as good as the down to earth parenting humour she shares on her Facebook page I was going to be for a treat.

Written in diary style format – which I personally love – we follow Ellen through a full school year of trials and tribulations accompanied of course by numerous alcoholic beverages! From the very first diary entry it was evident that Ellen and I could be kindred spirits. I found myself nodding my way through sympathising with Ellen, especially when it comes to her family interactions! There were parts in this book that I literally could have written myself based on personal experience, leaving me wondering if in fact Gill Sims has been spying one me!

Whilst reading I spent a great deal of time snorting out loud with laughter, which I haven’t experienced with many books, and it certainly gained me a few funny looks from my family! I even felt compelled to read sections aloud to Mr F who was soon chuckling too!

I read this book quickly and found the diary format helped, I was able to pick it up and read it in bite sized sections – when the kids allowed me! I would highly recommend this book to everyone – for parents there are plenty of relatable ‘incidents’ and for those who don’t have kids it will give you an insight into parenthood you wouldn’t get from any other parenting book out there with plenty of laughs along the way! I genuinely hope there is going to be a follow-up book, I would be first in line to pre order!

Why Mummy Drinks is available to purchase from Amazon*

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21 thoughts on “Book Review: Why Mummy Drinks by Gill Sims

  1. Sounds like a great book, one that I would really enjoy! I’ve seen it in stored but after this review I might have to invest!


  2. Sounds fabulous not being a parent I probably wouldn’t have thought it was my type of book but as you’ve referenced the Peter Jane Facebook I would definitely read as seen a few posts & you do laugh out loud 😂😂 Thanks for sharing
    Lisa xx


  3. Oh my gosh I loved this book! Finished it earlier this year and it was such a hilariously heart-warming read, I couldn’t put it down 🙂 I totally agree that it’s well worth reading, whether you’re a parent or not, as there’s a lot of non-children related every day life issues that people will be able to relate to.
    Good news – there is a sequel coming! Why Mummy Swears comes out on July 12th, I’ve already got mine pre-ordered 😉

    Jessica /


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