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Audiobook Review

Why Mummy Drinks

Why Mummy #1
Gill Sims
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average rating is 5 out of 5
average rating is 5 out of 5

Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest

Very good, thoroughly enjoyed, 

Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects


Hilarious tribute to unmumsy mums.


This is the year. This is the year Ellen will do it. She will meet the great expectations of Insta-Pinterest-Facebook and perfect Lucy Atkinson's Perfect Mummy. She will have it all. Or she would. If only the kids/dog/husband/wine would stop getting in the way.

In her diary spanning one academic year, Ellen is the side-splittingly sardonic (slightly exaggerated) embodiment of every mum who has felt she is not enough. She is every mum who's struggled balancing life and work and everything else. Who is less than perfect. And I love it.

Oh, and Why Mummy is a series, so when you inevitably can't get enough of Ellen's antics, there are three more gloriously inappropriate instalments.

There's a real sense of Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders in Sims' style. That Ab Fab glamour mixed with wit that's drier than a Martini and twice as alcoholic. Love it.

Side note: I have a friend who IS basically Ellen. And I have a feeling many others do too.


Narrator Gabrielle Glaister is a perfect Ellen. She manages to come across as both slightly flaky and remarkably intelligent, impractical yet resourceful. Her deadpan is second to none.

An interesting note about Glaister is that, aside from the Why Mummy franchise, she is a popular choice as the voice of psychological thrillers and mysteries. She's narrated many of Lisa Jewell's books, for example. Oh, and fittingly, she is the voice of Allen Carr's The Easy Way for Women to Stop Drinking. Make of that what you will.


No spoilers for this one. Maybe next time!
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Why Mummy Drinks


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 offsprings' 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....
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