Book of the month: Why Mummy Swears (Gill Sims)
Why Mummy Swears is the sequel to the wonderful Why Mummy Drinks by Gill Sims.
In the previous book, Why Mummy Drinks, Ellen created an app which earned a great deal of money, and so when we are reintroduced to Ellen, she is a stay-at-home Mum. The book begins at the start of the summer holidays. Ellen would rather be sipping a glass of wine (or gin!) but instead she has to find ways to entertain her two ‘precious little moppets’, Jane and Peter. Ellen has visions of charming family days out, but after weeks of organising playdates, sports camps and keeping everything running smoothly, she is absolutely exhausted (and quickly remembers why she doesn’t take her kids to National Trust locations).
The book is told in diary form, which I really like. It’s incredibly relatable, although Jane and Peter are older than Dougie, I can definitely sympathise with Ellen. She finds herself joining the PTA at her kid’s school, and ends up trying to organise school events and putting up with other parents including Kiki, a Mum who is trying to be an “influencer” and grow her Instagram following by dressed her kids up in cute clothes. She has to learn how to deal with things like her daughter begging for an Instagram account and her husband being away for work, as well as trying to juggle her new job, parenting and a social life.
There were so many moments in this book where I was literally laughing out loud. I read it fairly quickly, but it was one of those books that I didn’t want to end. Obviously as a Mum myself it probably initially seems that it would be much more enjoyable and appealing to me than it would be to someone who isn’t a parent, but I honestly think that it’s a book that anyone can enjoy. It’s so funny, charming and very well written.