Title: Why Mummy Drinks
Author: Gill Sims
Published on: 31 May 2018
ISBN: 978 000 824 1094
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 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…
The summary for Why Mummy Drinks by author Gill Sims was one that pulled me in right away. Gill already wrote on her blog Peter and Jane, but her debut novel was one that brought motherhood with a bit of humour, recognizable situations and other fun anecdotes. I am not a mother myself, but even I recognized some of these very much so, and I’ve only been an au pair to kids.
Why Mummy Drinks is incredibly honest about how it is to be a working mother, that children are oh so good in making you look like a fool but also that consuming too much alcohol might just be a consequence of having those children. The book starts out with ‘the ideal day’: children that get up without complaining and have breakfast before walking to school completely calm. Of course it is nearly always the complete opposite, children that refuse to eat, because they’re ‘busy’ with their iPad or other electronics and then have to rush to school to make it before the bell. I have to be honest and say that most of the time it is a combination of the two. One day will always go better than another day, but isn’t that the case with everything?
Pretty quickly we learn about Ellen’s chaotic life. It exists of raising Peter and Jane, learning how to deal with the irritating habits of her husband, her job of course the mothers in the school yard. She befriends Sam, one of the fathers and with him and her friend Hannah she spends time with a glass of wine, complaining about everything and everyone, especially when family is staying at her house on top of everything.
The book is written like some kind of journal, which makes it over the top to read but it’s so good! Because Ellen writes it like she experiences it and that might not be how it is in reality. Ellen could be absolutely anyone. She lives towards a big milestone in her life and tries to be the best mother and wife she can be. And of course it’s not always as easy as it seems, no matter how much she wants to be the perfect mother most of the time it’s a dream that will never be coming true.
All in all I really loved this book, it was fun and easy to get through. I had a few laugh out loud moments about what happened in Ellen’s life. If you like a book that is a bit like Bridget Jones, then this is the book for you!