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July book of the month: Why Mummy Swears by Gill Sims - Read and join the discussion and author webchat on Weds 5 September, 9pm.

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 16-Jul-18 11:32:41

Over Summer MN bookclub will be reading two strikingly different books about parenting. Both authors will be joining us in early September for webchats.

First up is Gill Sim’s Why Mummy Swears. Gill’s blog Peter and Jane has become a UK phenomenon, largely due to the publication of her first novel - the bestselling Why Mummy Drinks. Her latest joins Ellen, husband Simon and their precious 'moppets', Jane and Peter at the start of the summer holidays and follows them, in diary format, over the course of the year. With spot-on observations about motherhood and more than a few lol moments, this is the perfect fun summer read, whether you’re lying by a pool or in need of light relief as you struggle with your own moppets over the school holidays.

Gill Sims will be joining us for a webchat on Wednesday 5 September when she’ll be joining us for a chat and a laugh about surviving the summer holidays as well as answering your questions about the book. Find out more about the book, read - or listen to - an extract and find out what the Mumsnet bloggers have to say about Why Mummy Swears

littlerose12345 Sun 26-Aug-18 22:47:55

Love love loved everything about this book.
Couldn't put it down and so relatable. Looking forward to the chat. X

glenthebattleostrich Wed 29-Aug-18 10:10:20

Love the books, love the blog. Really looking forward to this webchat

StealthPolarBear Wed 29-Aug-18 10:29:29

Loved this smile

StealthPolarBear Wed 29-Aug-18 10:31:18

Dh and I have had the exact conversation about lasagne. I had to show him.

littleducks Wed 29-Aug-18 15:00:00

Just bought on amazon for kindle at £1.99 have read why mummy drinks so will see how this goes

AlpacaLypse Wed 29-Aug-18 16:32:28

Hello Gill! We met at a book signing a few months ago. I was the person who asked if you ever posted on Mumsnet as your 'voice' sounds so like that of some of the more entertaining regulars on Chat and the lighthearted AIBU threads. I'm so glad you've decided to risk visiting the viper's nest after all! I'm saving Why Mummy Swears for holiday last week of September so will probably not be on the webchat in case of spoilers, but looking forward to hearing about it afterwards.

Reaa Wed 29-Aug-18 20:25:11

Not read it yet but it was a birthday gift from my DC.

MervynBunter Thu 30-Aug-18 00:14:40

Read both and enjoyed them a lot. Laugh out loud funny.

BretonStripe Thu 30-Aug-18 08:39:06

Loved both books and actually think I prefer Why Mummy Swears! The observational wit is so on the money. Thanks for the summer holiday giggles, Gill! Looking forward to the live chat smile

sallysparrow157 Thu 30-Aug-18 09:14:09

I managed to convince my other half that I had carefully researched what breed of dog would suit us best and decided a border terrier would be ideal. Lies, all lies, I just wanted my very own Judgy Dog!

SallySwann Fri 31-Aug-18 22:11:03

Really funny read. Not many books actually make me laugh but this is one!

TheHoundOfWinchester Fri 31-Aug-18 23:11:40

I'm reading this book atm and I love it! Also read and loved Why Mummy drinks x

HavelockVetinari Sat 01-Sep-18 19:47:16

OMG! <fans self> total fangirl moment! I bloody love Gill, and both her books are ace (although I wanted to stab Simon for most of the latest one - he's a grade A cockwomble).

I'll be there with bells on!

FeralBeryl Tue 04-Sep-18 02:53:15

I've just finished the second book and felt as if it was mainly written about my life! (As I'm sure lots of us did)
What I wasn't expecting was the poignancy towards the end which actually had me slightly tearful. If it wasn't for the fact I was on a hot beach drinking beer at the time, things would have been even worse.
I especially appreciated the PTA references having recently been fucking roped in joined ours.
So I'm saying thank you now, as I'll be juggling them all back to school with eleventy million pounds worth of Smiggle shite on Wednesday so probably won't get on.

MamaCBear Tue 04-Sep-18 17:24:03

As we prepare to send the kids back to school, I can reflect and say that this was the right book to take on holiday this summer!

I follow a few mummy bloggers online but had never heard of Gill before. When I started this book I initially felt like it was a bit cliche but then turned the page and read a scene straight out of my own life, haha! Work, kids, husband, friends - the struggle is real! I think we all take comfort in reading the similar problems everyone faces and knowing we're all going through it together. So I'd like to ask Gill which bloggers she follows online and if she has any particular favourites?

ChampagneSupernovaAgain Wed 05-Sep-18 19:26:56

Just popping on to Fangirl. 😍
Love reading about the moppets but also the truth of what a ballache lasagne making is. grin
Two questions:
Do you know Katie Kirby from hurrah for gin: are you in a special gin drinking club together?

How much shit do you have to put up with From trolls? I hope that it's not much. I ask because I have seen the odd comment on the page which make me hmm
Someone said "why did you even have kids?"
Someone replied "because the ads made us think
There would be frolics" gringringrin

Any way THANK YOU for making me laugh, for your honesty. You're epic
That is all

FernieB Wed 05-Sep-18 19:44:57

Enjoyed this book and I actually LOLed which I rarely do at books.

My kids are late teens now and did find myself thinking back to when they were smaller and how such trivial things did seem to matter. However if mummy needs to swear with younger children she is clearly unprepared for the hideousness that is adolescence! Will you be writing another book at that stage?

ButDoYouAvocado Wed 05-Sep-18 20:31:20

Hi! As this book could be viewed as a 'warts and all' take on parenting, I wondered what your views were on Instamums and do you follow any?

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 05-Sep-18 20:59:33

Why Mummy Swears was our July book of the month and we do hope you joined us in reading over the summer hols. We’re thrilled that we’re joined tonight by author and creator of the Peter and Jane blog Gill Sims who will be answering your questions over the next hour. Welcome to Mumsnet Gill…

GillSims Wed 05-Sep-18 21:01:24

Hello! Thank you all for coming along, I'm so excited about this! I promised a bonus photo of Judgy Dog, so here he is- I woke him up to take it and he wasn't very impressed! Thank you to everyone who has already left questions, and if there's anything you'd like to ask, then please don't be shy! I've never posted on Mumsnet before (the infamous penis beaker thread was my introduction relatively recently, and quite the eye opener) so please bear with me if I have some issues with the formatting!
Gx

GillSims Wed 05-Sep-18 21:02:47

And thank you so much to everyone who has left lovely comments about the book too, I really appreciate it! OK, on with the questions! xx

SallySwann Wed 05-Sep-18 21:04:55

I wasn't sure about the format to start with, but it didn't take long to get hooked and then i found myself laughing out loud at the various antics of the various characters. Really funny and enjoyable, i could relate to si many things. So what made you start writing all this down?

BretonStripe Wed 05-Sep-18 21:04:57

Good evening! Such a cute photo of Judgy smile Do you have more photos of him or your precious moppets?! wink

thinkofablinkingnamewoman Wed 05-Sep-18 21:06:02

Love the photo - he's my hero.

Can I ask if you actually drink each of the drinks you photograph - or if you sometimes think fuck it, not another and pour it down the sink?

And a bonus question - will there be a third book please? smile hope so!

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