Why Mummy’s Sloshed

The Bigger the Kids, the Bigger the Drink

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Pub Date 15 Oct 2020 | Archive Date Not set


No.1 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.

Reader reviews for Why Mummy’s Sloshed

‘Utterly brilliant’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Gill Sims never fails to make me laugh out loud’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I fell in love with Gill Sims razor-sharp wit’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I just adore this series’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Ellen is the single most relatable character in any book’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Devastated the series is finished’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

No.1 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...

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Another fantastically funny lighthearted read from Gill! I have loved the previous three why mummy books and this fourth one was no exception ! Frank funny down to earth, relatable family dynamics as the children Jane and Peter are now older and preparing for adulthood with all its inherent problems! Teenage angst, hormones,exams, alcohol,parties,driving, leaving home are all so well documented and the forthcoming empty nest syndrome, couple this with the parents on/ off love life and you get a hilarious,acerbic take on family life! Guaranteed to put a smile on your face as you read! Would highly recommend. Thank you netgalley for this early read.

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Every single parent mother of teenagers will be able to associate with this hilarious laugh out loud ~ I did anyway ~ book Jane is almost 17 wants to take her driving test even though her mum Ellen feels she is not ready for it having sat with her for her hair raising rides around town Peter is due to take his GCSEs in summer as Jane sits her A levels neither listen to their very hard working stressed out mum that they need to eat better and sleep better Simon the ex husband is living it up with his girlfriend has the kids when the kids choose to go that is Ellen things she is un loved and hideous and hates most men and teenagers This book is amazing I laughed out loud so many times and there are so many new words I can now use none of which are repeatable on this site

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Why Mummy's Sloshed. The latest instalment. Satisfying, entertaining and very very funny. What more needs to be said?

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Gill Sims has done it again! I have enjoyed every single one of the 'Why mummy...' series, but I have to say this one is my favourite of the four. In fact, each book has got progressively better and better, which is no mean feat as the first one was pretty good! Ellen is one of the fictional characters I would most like to meet down the pub, and if we did. I'm pretty sure that we would find ourselves #SoFuckingBlessed #BFFsForever, because I am utterly convinced that Gill Sims has a spy camera in my home, and has translated my inner thoughts onto paper! Perhaps that's why I enjoyed this book so much, as Ellen is of a similar age to me and my children are approaching the ages of Peter and Jane. I'm not putting all the details of the story into this review, other than to say we've done another skip forward in time, with Ellen's children now aged 16 and 18, on the precipice of flying the nest as she finds herself single once more. We again find her juggling the responsibilities of caring for her children with work, home and of course her personal life. The book is so relatable, her stories being honest, funny (painfully so at times) and very very real. I felt privileged to have another insight into Ellen's life, and sad that this is the last one in the series. So I would say crack open the Sauv-Blanc, kick off your shoes, throw off your bra and get stuck in - it's the perfect #FIAF. Beautifully written, it's a belly laughing 5***** from me. Thank you to Netgalley and Harper Collins for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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Another very funny book from Gill Sims - dealing with the anguished of teenagers this time round. The story continues in the form of a diary as Ellen looks over a year of her life - some events are expected and some are quite unexpected. Previous readers will remember characters from her previous books, including Hannah who is now balancing toddler and teenagers in her house. I read this is less than a day as I didn’t want to put it down!

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The best thing about this book was that it was so relatable - it is the "I've been there, I've seen this" but the best kind, letting me know that I am not alone! I nodded along with acknowledgement and understanding on almost every single page, Ellen's observations are straight to the point and it is so, so brilliant to see in writing what I often think! The things that happen in Ellen's life are mostly hilarious but they are also very realistic and this is brilliant - it could be easily overdone but it's simply perfect and possible to happen. You can't help but laugh out loud at the way the characters act and react, roll your eyes or simply nod your head in agreement. Nevertheless, this time I also felt a bit more seriousness to the tone, did you feel it as well? It was still hilarious, full of fun but also somewhere, deep, deep down, there was a kind of nostalgy to it - or is it only me that felt that way? Or simply maybe the books grow together with the characters? The writing is addictive and so easy to follow - I couldn't, and didn't want, to put the book away for a single moment. This book tells how it really is in a perfect tone, not too patronizing, not too aggressive, and it gives hope, and really guys, I feel better after reading it. It turns out that I'm not the only one who can't cope with everything. "Why Mummy Swears" was a hilarious, uplifting read that I easily could identify with. The fun and humour poured from every word and this is what I really needed. It was brutally honest in telling how it is to be a part of a family, to have a family. It was light, it was bright, it was refreshing and full of painful truth of being a parent. Simply, it must be one of the best books I have ever read, and a perfect conclusion to the series, though yes, it makes me sad to think there wouldn't be more Mummy's adventures, frank, honest and down - to - earth. Highly recommended!

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