Why Mummy Drinks - Gill Sims

Why Mummy Drinks

By Gill Sims

  • Release Date: 2017-10-19
  • Genre: Humour
Score: 4.5
From 170 Ratings


Why Mummy Drinks is the brilliant novel from Gill Sims, the author of the online sensation Peter and Jane.

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…

About the author

Gill Sims is the author and illustrator of the hugely successful parenting blog and Facebook site ‘Peter and Jane’. She lives in Scotland with her husband, two children and a recalcitrant rescue Border Terrier, who rules the house.

Gill’s interests include drinking wine, wasting time on social media, trying and failing to recapture her lost youth and looking for the dog when he decides to go on one of his regular jaunts.


  • Brilliantly funny

    By Book addict 85
    Light hearted and realistic views on motherhood- great read
  • Novel

    By CRochatte
    Very funny and ACCURATE. Life would be so much less complicated without the "poppets" plus their entourage but also a bit boring! I love the idea of the app. Especially making lots of money with it. Mums are never alone (even when they want to be!).
  • Why mummy drinks

    By killerheels4me
    Haven’t laughed so much in ages ,shame I didn’t read this book before Christmas as I would have gifted it to my friends.at least birthdays are sorted .brilliant
  • Why mummy drinks

    By Nitrammie
    I started reading this book thinking it might be a bit boring! How wrong could I be. As the characters unfolded you soon realise how true to life the scenarios are & the story just flows seamlessly from one funny moment to another. Then as you travel with the writer through the year the story becomes more & more serious with humorous interludes so it does not become morbid or tedious. So in conclusion I must say this has been a brilliant read, thank you so much. Martin from Ripley in Derbyshire.
  • Really easy to read, identify with, and fun

    By Linny10001
    I enjoyed this. Her style of writing is lively, imaginative, over dramatic and sarcastic. It was like being in my own head so much so that I imagined events taking place in my own house and substituting my own gadget husband and precious moppets. It’s not high brow or particularly sophisticated but it is an easy good fun read.
  • Loved it

    By Kcc1231
    Laughed so hard in places
  • Worth it

    By Dennisxx2012
    Couldn’t put it down good read would buy another from the author 😁 many lol moments
  • Great mood booster!

    By AnnaMEK
    Made me laugh out loud and snicker to myself frequently. Fun read!
  • Laughed out loud so frequently!!

    By Beside the Seaside
    Love love love this book! The turn of phrase is so entertaining that I found myself laughing out loud in the office when I was meant to be working! Laughed so much I cried! Enjoy this book with liberal doses of wine, it truly is one to savour!! 😀
  • Like a cool gin on a hot day.

    By JJBeee
    Lovely, bubbly, book that lifts the lid on the reality of parenting. Been there, survived the Über Mummy playground gauntlet, and ow moved on the 'Stag Battle' of two adult males in one house. I wish I'd had this when the Boden Mummy Mafia, who mostly had 'careers' or were 'involved in charity work' terrified me and my stay-at home, skint as hell self. Perfect to read while snuggled up with your own Judgy Dog, a cashmere blanket (I wish! Dunelm Mill fleece more like!), and a glass, or two, of your preference