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Book giveaway: Mums on Strike by Laura Kemp

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AliceMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 10-Feb-14 12:39:12

We have 50 copies of Mums On Strike up for grabs. A dispute over a squashed grape on the floor tips Laura over the edge and she decides to go on strike. Author of Mums Like Us, Laura Kemp's latest is described as a 'fun, witty novel novel about what it's like when an ordinary mum has had enough'.

Find out more about the book, Laura Kemp and apply for a free copy. We'll let you know next week if you've been chosen to receive a free copy. Come back and let us know what you think on this thread, or post up a review.

This book giveaway has been sponsored by Random House UK.

Bluecrunchie Mon 10-Feb-14 18:18:05

Oooh yes please! Everything seemed to tip me over the edge today! Could do with reading about someone else losing their cool instead! Restore some flipping sanity!!!

mandes1 Mon 10-Feb-14 18:59:31

Would love a copy and get some tips on possible strike action! Well if only I had the time for a strike!

Zoze Mon 10-Feb-14 19:01:44

Yes please, can really relate to this!

mrshuggybear Mon 10-Feb-14 19:13:04

Yes please. Mum of a 2 year old and nearly 4 year old, 2 girls. X

angieb2011 Mon 10-Feb-14 19:20:23

I would love a copy please

Cutandstick Mon 10-Feb-14 19:25:56

I'd love a free copy please! X

Nittyb Mon 10-Feb-14 19:27:43

Yes please ! I often consider going on strike ....

Alidoll Mon 10-Feb-14 19:34:23

Yes please!! Often feel like going on strike...though daughter already in a union and would take legal advice probably!!!

CloserLook Mon 10-Feb-14 19:37:46

I've applied for a copy of this one. It sounds like the perfect read for me at the moment.

Froblawd Mon 10-Feb-14 19:39:47

Yes please. Pick me! I need something to cheer me up.

Suddengeekgirl Mon 10-Feb-14 19:47:25

I love books. Especially free ones! smile

It is an instruction manual for strike action isn't it? wink

HappyMum4 Mon 10-Feb-14 20:05:35

I could do with reading this - I am constantly teetering on the edge, having been tipped over once when I kicked a potty and broke my toe!

elk4baby Mon 10-Feb-14 20:10:49

Yes please! Sounds like this book would be right up my alley smile. I desperately want to go on strike, but my two have formed a very strong coalition... I wonder if there's anything I can do to break tit?!

ToffeeOwnsTheSausage Mon 10-Feb-14 20:11:08

Looks great!

I am reading a James Patterson at the moment so could use some light relief and feeling the pressure of motherhood and could use a laugh or ten.

elk4baby Mon 10-Feb-14 20:11:38

*it, of course blush grin

mom2010 Mon 10-Feb-14 20:29:11

Please count me in! Would love to read and review the book. Mother to a 1 year old boy and a 3 year old girl and it sounds right up my alley!

jojack17 Mon 10-Feb-14 21:08:10

Heehee,sounds like a hoot,I'd love a copy.Currently reading 'twelve years a slave', amazing and so powerful, but would love a bit light relief for my next book!

EllesAngels Mon 10-Feb-14 21:13:20

I would love a copy of this, it looks like my kind of novel :-)

AppsUK Mon 10-Feb-14 21:17:03

Oh lovely!! Would like to read and get some ideas on how to go on strike !!! wink

Manchesterhistorygirl Mon 10-Feb-14 21:19:25

Looks like a great book! I've signed up!

Yes please would cheer me up on breaks at work

Me please I have nothing to read ATM sad

StandardHeight Mon 10-Feb-14 21:51:21

Yes pleasey weasey. If I went on strike will I still get paid? Oh yes, I don't get paid anyway.

MTB39 Mon 10-Feb-14 22:13:03

Just been on strike this weekend but didnt last more than an hour couldn't cope with the mess, need some tips!

dontmesswithmytutu Mon 10-Feb-14 23:24:36

I have reached the end of my TETHER!!, just like the mum in 'I am wearing out the naughty step' so I need something to help me see the funny side...pretty please!

Iamaworrywart Tue 11-Feb-14 06:39:03

Yes please" I'd love a copy haven't sat down to read a book for ages.

mishroo Tue 11-Feb-14 08:12:34

would love a copy,feel like i could do with a fun read to brighten up these wintery months and to remind me that us mums are all in it together

temy01 Tue 11-Feb-14 08:33:07

One copy for me please . Thanks

ireadnovels Tue 11-Feb-14 08:36:33

sounds like fun. I would love to recieve a copy of Mums On Strike.

TheAmyrlin Tue 11-Feb-14 08:44:59

Yes please. Sounds perfect!

bioniknan Tue 11-Feb-14 09:47:09

I did this once and the family all turned on me made me feel so bad I had to go back never done it again.

ToffeeOwnsTheSausage Tue 11-Feb-14 09:52:17

bioniknan - do not let your family bully you again!! They clearly think you are their maid! You need to put them straight.

NeenaM Tue 11-Feb-14 10:18:59

Yes please, definitely identify with the theme of this book!

lilyfaith Tue 11-Feb-14 10:30:00

I've been close to striking several times!!! Would really love to have a read. grin

jj21 Tue 11-Feb-14 11:38:46

Would love a copy please, I definitely need to strike. Currently caring for 3 kids, 2 aged parents and 1 husband and feeling very put upon today. A bit of light relief definitely required!

longlegs1001 Tue 11-Feb-14 12:59:51

Would love to read this x

Amma2010 Tue 11-Feb-14 13:54:33

Yes please! Would love a copy as I've felt like going on strike quite a few timessmile

Car0line Tue 11-Feb-14 14:03:28

Oh yes please. I have looked in Asda and Tesco the past two weeks and been unable to find a copy.

I love Mums Like Us! Throw one my way please! I can then Go and Strike and sit down and have a read!

wendybiv Tue 11-Feb-14 15:30:11

Would love a copy to read over the half term break!

susanterblanche Tue 11-Feb-14 17:05:36

Sounds like my kind of book! I would love a copy please!

PestoStormissimos Tue 11-Feb-14 17:46:38

Ooh yes please, me too!!

Thank you smile

Lhilton79 Tue 11-Feb-14 18:33:29

Would love to read this book, sometimes I wish I could go on strike smile

sandralg Wed 12-Feb-14 16:20:29

would love a copy....please

Would love a copy, then I could go on strike and read it! Sounds like me most days!

Dodikemp Fri 14-Feb-14 16:32:48

Yes please - I'm liking this strike idea. Mum to 3 year old and 7 month old girls.

lhibbers Sat 15-Feb-14 13:47:02

Yes please would love a copy

AliceMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 17-Feb-14 10:38:21

This giveaway is now closed. We will notify those who have been chosen to receive a free copy via email. Whether you have received a free copy or have bought the book, we would love to hear your thoughts so continue to discuss the book here.

popsocks Tue 18-Feb-14 18:37:21

If its not too late, i would love a copy please smile

popsocks Tue 18-Feb-14 18:38:06

Oops, just seen the last post. Sorry, should habe read through them all first.

Suddengeekgirl Thu 20-Feb-14 10:23:38

I've just had a email - my free copy is in the post! smile

And mine - thank you!

Nancyclancy Sat 22-Feb-14 16:34:42

Yay!!!! My copy arrived this morning! Thanks mumsnet!!!

SweetieXPie Sun 23-Feb-14 00:08:07

My copy arrived Saturday Morning, as the kids are back at school and nursery tomorrow I shall be sitting down with tea, cake and the book - cant wait x

vanbandi Sun 23-Feb-14 19:37:19

Thank you I have received my free copy yesterday and going to start reading tomorrow. I will provide feedback as soon as I finished.

AppsUK Mon 24-Feb-14 12:50:38

Got my copy today in post !! Will surely give feedback. ��

jojack17 Mon 24-Feb-14 18:40:56

Yaaaaay!!!! Received my copy today, lovely surprise! Can't wit to get started.

CocktailQueen Mon 24-Feb-14 20:22:00

Fabulous! Book arrived today and have started it already. Thanks, Mumsnet! Will post a review as soon as I'm finished reading it.

ricericebaby Tue 25-Feb-14 10:04:49

Book arrived today. Thank you Mumsnet grin Have started reading it and will review as soon as I'm finished.

CloserLook Tue 25-Feb-14 10:11:57

My copy arrived yesterday thanks! I started it last night and I'll review it when I've finished.

Xenadog Tue 25-Feb-14 13:14:31

Received my copy yesterday, left it on the coffee table for DP to see. Wonder if he'll get the hint? grin

ricericebaby Tue 25-Feb-14 13:37:52

I have now finished the book so before I write my review is there a list of questions that we need to answer or do we just write a paragraph or so on what we thought?

Xenadog Tue 25-Feb-14 14:56:49

I began the book earlier and already I'm on page 88. It really reminds me of Sue Townsend's "The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year." Anyone else think the same?

I'm half-way through grin

Loving the all sounds soooooo familiar! lol, thank you xx

Manchesterhistorygirl Tue 25-Feb-14 21:52:43

Received mine yesterday and really enjoying it so far.

Nancyclancy Tue 25-Feb-14 23:10:56

I about 3/4 of the way through and really enjoying it!

I loved this book, a nice easy read. At first it was all a bit close to home, as DH used to leave all the domestic jobs to me, even before we had children. But the domestic situation of the main characters didn't deteriorate to an un-reconcilable level, fortunately. Loved how everything tied up at the end, and will now read the author's other book 'Mums Like Us'.
Thank you once again I shall pass this book on smile

CocktailQueen Thu 27-Feb-14 10:30:38

My review:
I enjoyed this book. It's written in an engaging, fast-paced, easy to read style. I thought it was a tad far-fetched at the end, when the whole country was involved in the Mums' Strike, but hey ho. The descriptions of all the domestic stuff were very close to home, so I could identify with a lot of that and a lot of the main character's feelings!

(Except, if the main character's husband is so useless and lazy at home, why does she still want to have sex with him?)

I thought it was poorly edited, however - come on, Random House! There are tense changes within sentences, some speech wasn't in speech marks, and the only punctuation used is commas, when colons or semi-colons would have been correct (and this annoyed me enough for me to notice it as I read).

Having said that, I enjoyed this book, and I will look out for the author's next book.

CloserLook Thu 27-Feb-14 10:32:10


I wanted to give this book a go as it's not what I would normally pick myself and I wanted something a bit lighter than usual. I started it reading it within a few hours of receiving it and found it incredibly easy to get into.

I thought the author worked well with the concept of the book, showing the frustration felt by the main character at her husbands failures (and his successes) as she went through with her strike. I also liked that the ending wasn't completely one-sided as they both learnt from the experience.

In summary a very enjoyable book. Thank you so much for letting me try it!

ricericebaby Thu 27-Feb-14 18:21:39

My review:

I really enjoyed this book and could identify with the characters easily. I found the book very easy to read and finished it within half a day. If I'm bring honest I wasn't so keen on the ending but it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the rest of the book. All in all I would recommend this book to a friend and its made me very keen to read the authors other work. I have talked about the book to friends and family and they are keen to read it too.

Thank you for picking me as part of the trial.

FernieB Fri 28-Feb-14 07:51:49

Finished it last night - it's an easy and engaging read. Thought the characters were fairly realistic and well-drawn even if the plot was not. Found it a bit far-fetched at times (posters in people's windows - really?) and the ending was quite contrived as though the author had reached a certain number of pages and suddenly thought it was time to wind things up and did so far too tidily to be realistic. Had no sympathy for Lisa - found her to be annoying and petty - but had every sympathy for her husband, her mum-in-law and her friend Cal.

I have read a few books of this genre in the past and it's on a par with most of them - formulaic but fairly enjoyable and quick to read.

Thank you for picking me to read this book. It was lovely to read a book and have some peace!

It was an easy read and fast paced. At the start I thought the characters had not been described well. Needed a bit of padding in that area although they developed well by the middle of the book.

As others have said it was a bit far fetched at times. Re the papers being involved with the strike. Didn't really engage with the boss of vintage. Didn't really get the plot of her skipping off and leaving her shop in the hands of the two main characters.

Good conclusion to the book, everything ended well.

It was a really good read and I'll pass it on. Going to buy her other book and see what that is like.

Ellisisland Fri 28-Feb-14 16:11:17

Thanks for the book!

I finished it today and found it easy to read and fairly engaging. I liked the beginning of the book the most as the main characters frustrations were very relatable. I also liked that her husband wasn't a caricature and actually learnt from the experience.

There were some characters in the book that were not developed like the boss at the shop and Lisa's parents. Overall it was a fun easy read and I'll pass it along to someone else to read.

jojack17 Sun 02-Mar-14 21:05:19

Thanks so much for the book! This book delivered exactly what it promised...a light hearted,fun, easy read. The subject matter felt relevant to me, as it probably did to every mum and wife. We all love a moan about how much multi tasking we are expected to do, and we have all gritted our teeth when our husbands expect a round of applause for putting the washing in the machine.
I did find the characters slightly annoying. Lisa was a complete control freak and not at all likeable. I much preferred her hubby Adam. Even though he was a bit of a caricature of a useless husband, he came across as warm and loving.
Even though this book provides a fun, easy read, it does provide food for thought about what the ideal division of labour in the home would be. By the end, I actually felt that my hubby isn't too bad. He does occasionally empty the dishwasher or make the dinner...even if he does expect 3 cheers for doing so!

Xenadog Mon 03-Mar-14 10:58:23

My review:

Mums on Strike is chick lit for the 30-something mum who has looked at her lot in life and realised that in "settling down" she has "settled for." The main character of Lisa (Lees) is just such a woman who realises that there is more to life than being a super mother and wife - her value isn't in how clean her kitchen work tops are but in her relationships with her children, husband, friends and extended family. The only way she will have the time and energy for these, along with developing herself educationally, is through relinquishing some control over the daily grind (or drudgery) of being a housewife.

I like the characters, they were generally fairly well developed and the use of coincidences, whilst a bit predictable, did help the plot to gallop along. The outcome was a given and parts of the plot were fairly obvious. The strength of the novel is the protagonist learned that she had had a huge part in the making of her role as house drudge; she accepted she enjoyed being in control and wore her martyrdom like a badge of honour. I am sure that will speak to many people.

Mums on Strike is a nice bit of escapism and worth a read.

HazelDormouse Mon 03-Mar-14 20:06:27

Thank you for my copy of this 'easy to read' book. I would suggest in order to enjoy it, however, there must be a suspension of disbelief, especially in relation to the ending and the involvement of the media. It did make me realise how lucky I am to have a husband who does his appropriate share.

Manchesterhistorygirl Mon 03-Mar-14 21:26:24

I really enjoyed Mums on strike, it was an easy read and enjoyable enough. I've actually passed my copy onto a friend. It's a recognisable plot for most women of a certain age or I should say parents of kids of a certain age. I enjoyed the central theme, life is what you make it and you do have the power to effect change.

Defiantly worth a few quid of your money I would say.

iwanttoscream Wed 05-Mar-14 09:28:18

My kids said you can't go on strike, when i opened the package. I can relate to this book and i'm sure it will end up a best seller. I feel like going on strike, but it would cause chaos! So when dh dropped a teabag on the floor, it stayed there for several days as i refused to pick it up!
I'm also being tougher on the kids as well.
I'm nearly halfway through so far, so will post again once finished.

chrisrobin Wed 05-Mar-14 22:51:28

I enjoyed reading Mums on Strike, thank you for the copy of the book.
It was a lovely light read that was amusing in places. I could, unfortunately, sympathise a little with the plight of Lisa and have also done the 'leave item on floor to see how long it takes for DH to pick it up' test (weeks, was the answer!), but my DH is a lot better at pulling his weight with the children. The story flowed well, although a little far fetched in places, and there was a happy-ever-after ending. All the characters had grown over the course of the book and even Lisa realised that she was making herself into a martyr at times. The chapter with the camping holiday and the exchange between Lisa and her sister-in-law was refreshing and showed a more in depth side to the 2 main characters.
Many thanks again.

SweetieXPie Sat 08-Mar-14 23:02:12

Just finished this book, thank you for my copy, I agree with others, very easy to read book, found myself looking forward to getting to bed so I could have a 10 - 20 minute read before I go to sleep.
It was a bit far fetched in the end, but to be fair went along with the tone of the book and rounded it off nicely. Would definitely recommend.

TheAmyrlin Sun 09-Mar-14 15:58:19

Thank you for the book.
It was a perfect bit of easy escapism! It was a bit far-fetched in parts, but it did make me realise how lucky I am with my DH!

BlackSusie2004 Mon 10-Mar-14 05:46:19

I found Laura Kemp's 'Mums on Strike' to be a really witty, funny book, but with a message that perhaps men need to take note of, not that I think a lot of them will be reading the book!
It was easy to read, and relatable for me, so it was nice to know I'm not on my own.
The storyline is, perhaps, a little simple, but it is good for a little bit of time-out and 'chill' time.
Lisa's husband, Adam, does actually see the error of his ways in the end, so it's a bit of a fairy tale!

FabBakerGirl Tue 11-Mar-14 15:21:51

These were my initial notes when I started reading Mums on Strike.
Bit try too hard
Same as other books.
Mother definitely too annoying at first as the author puts in too much psycho-babble.
Too confusing who the other characters are.

I still agree with them but the book was okay. Not one us read again though. Bit predictable ending.

FabBakerGirl Tue 11-Mar-14 15:29:15

I'd also agree with the poster who said better editing would have been good. It said Lisa's parents when I'm sure it was her in-laws the author was talking about. Only a small detail but things like that can confuse me

youwish Tue 11-Mar-14 15:31:16

Yes please!

youwish Tue 11-Mar-14 15:32:00

Yes please!

smilingthroughgrittedteeth Tue 11-Mar-14 15:37:55

I started this then got ill so havent finished it yet, I plan on reading it over the weekend then will add my review

SylviaDaisyPouncer Thu 13-Mar-14 19:25:22

I found the book okay (fine for a quick read).
The story moved quickly, perhaps a little too quickly as in some parts there was lack of detail and lots of switching between the different families in the book.
I agree that the ending was predictable and the extent of the strike a little far fetched (newspaper pieces and stickers in windows). However, it did make me smile and I liked it enough to want to finish it.
I have passed the book onto my sister, she is really enjoying it and said she would be looking out for more titles from the author.

jumpingjojo Thu 13-Mar-14 20:31:52

Thanks for the book, which I enjoyed. It was easy to read and hard to put down. Nothing to deep or challenging but easy to relate to. Will pass it on x

vanbandi Mon 17-Mar-14 21:18:43

thank you for the free copy. It is a funny, adorable, very realistic book. You can discover yourself, your feelings, your everyday life, your problems, your happiness in the characters. I found the end a bit too pink but light, entertaining book. I can recommend to anyone smile

janeyh31 Tue 18-Mar-14 17:15:11

I have to say I agree with most of the posts above. This was a light hearted good read which made me chuckle in a few places. Definetly my kind of book. Thank you for the copy. Would definetly recommend to anyone who is looking for something really easy going to read

Suddengeekgirl Sun 23-Mar-14 07:38:38

It's light, fluffy and as long as you don't want anything too realistic it's a nice easy read.
I am still tempted to go on strike....

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 04-Apr-14 19:03:46

It's great to hear so many of you enjoyed mums on strike. Seems like a lot of folks enjoy a bit of easy-to-read escapism (who doesn't?) Would you like more books like this for giveaways? Let us know your thoughts and we'll see what we can do.

MasteredTheWavesNow Sun 06-Apr-14 23:06:42

I'm sure I must be too late but this did sound very funny and I could do with a laugh!

I'd really like to read it if it's still possible smile

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