Why Mummy Swears

imagesWhy Mummy Swears

Author: Gill Sims

Genre: Adult  | Contemporary  | Humour

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5 out of 5 – This was every single thing that I wanted it to be. It was hilarious, heartwarming, and just as good as the first book. I really understood the main character and the world they were in, even without being a mum myself. This isn’t a book that limits, we can all see something in it.


It’s every parents’ nightmare – the start of the school holidays – and instead of sitting in the sun, reading a book over a cold, crisp glass of Pinot Grigio, Mummy has two bored moppets to attend to. After frantically booking sports camps, childminder slots, not to mention time off work, Mummy is exhausted. But this is only the beginning…

After being dragged to join the school’s PTA in the new term by an annoyingly kind-spirited neighbour, Mummy is stuck with organising the Christmas Fayre and pleasing all the overly disapproving parents. In combination with getting to know her father’s surprise new glamorous (and much younger) wife, and being forced to spend more time with her narcissistic mother, life isn’t cutting her much of a break. What more could possibly happen?


After reading Why Mummy Drinks, I couldn’t wait to pick up and read Why Mummy Swears. I wanted to know what had happened to this hilarious cast of characters and found it really relatable to be within a world that was full of honesty. I feel that Gill Sims manages to include many different types of readers, even if you’re not a parent yourself. While the book focuses on the trials and tribulations of parenting, it is also about relationships, inner thoughts and the way that we live in a world where appearance does not always relate to how we actually are.

The writing is clever and funny. There is a lot of swearing, but if you have picked up a book about someone who swears, well…what do you expect? I didn’t think it was grotesque or over the top, but funny and truthful. I found the aspects of her work life amazing and very important. The novel manages to discuss real-world issues, such as working parents and the way women are treated in the workplace, and I think Sims has done this in a very clever way. It didn’t dull the humour of the novel but did manage to make the heartfelt aspects more important.

I honestly didn’t stop laughing all the way through and read this book in about a day. It is the perfect relief from a busy year of work, and a great way to just let your brain relax, enjoy, and realise that you are not the only one who feels this way, or thinks these thoughts.

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I am looking for other books that are just as funny as Why Mummy Drinks /Swears. I don’t often read adult humour and I am seriously lacking in other options. Please suggest some!