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Book Review: Why Mummy Drinks by Gill Sims

Why Mummy Drinks by Gill Sims is a hilarious novel that makes light of drinking habit. The novel revolves around a woman Ellen, who at thirty nine realizes the mess going in her life and thus contemplates to be more organized and fashionable. She has a family to take care of that consists of two children, son Peter and daughter Jane. Simon, her husband, is a tech obsessed guy.


Managing everything in the household with an equal élan is something that is missing from her life. When things go over her limit, like her kids fighting brimming with sibling rivalry and ruining their family plans for occasions like Christmas or vacation, then she takes up drinking like a gambler to sooth her mind. And then kids ask why Mummy drinks?

The story is more about family dramas and events over a history. Written in simple and funny tone, the tale is very much relatable to every mediocre middle-class family. Ellen is a different woman and mother as compared to some of her peers. For this reason, she avoids other moms as she knows that she cannot be like them. Her thirty ninth birthday resolution is to keep things in the home organized, under her nose and authority. But much to her amazement, nothing goes as what she had anticipated.

Modern Mums will love this book. Only thing you should be careful about while reading this book is that do not eat or drink while reading. You may feel choked or worse inhale wine while laughing.

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