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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!

starlight36 Wed 05-Sep-18 21:07:54

Hi Gill,
I've really enjoyed both books and can relate to many things in them. My question is if you have ever been forced into a role on a PSA and if so were you brave enough to cancel something if others wouldn't help? Your descriptions of the whole experience: lack of volunteers, wonderful excuses and ridiculous expectations of others rang very true with my own experiences but I'm afraid I've ended up being a martyr giving up lots of my own time and then moaning about if afterwards!

Morlef Wed 05-Sep-18 21:08:03

Love your books and following you on Facebook. Your posts are so hilariously true, it's as if you can see into my brain...can totally relate to the annoying husband too! 😂😂

Cassie71 Wed 05-Sep-18 21:08:04

I love your books. Will there be a book 3?

littlerose12345 Wed 05-Sep-18 21:08:14

Hi Gill!
Thank you for writing such a brilliantly relatable book! Had me howling in places!
My question is are any of the characters based on real people?!

GillSims Wed 05-Sep-18 21:08:31

MamaCBear

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?

Hi MamaCBear!
I follow a fabulous Irish blogger called the S Mum, who is hilarious, and brave and honest and real- she's definitely one of my favourites! Hurrah For Gin is hard to beat too, though she's not posting much these days, sadly! And not really bloggers, but I have recently become worryingly addicted to otter accounts on Instagram...xx

FernieB Wed 05-Sep-18 21:12:13

Love Judgy so muchsmile. He reminds me of a dachshund I know who is disapproving of everything.

You're very brave to write about being a mum. Everyone has an opinion on it and a lot will judge you harshly for everything you do. Is that something you considered before starting?

Morlef Wed 05-Sep-18 21:12:28

My question would have to be- will the books be made into a film (I bloody well hope so, they would be amazing!) And if so, who would play the parts of Ellen and Simon...ooh and Sam too? X

GillSims Wed 05-Sep-18 21:13:43

ChampagneSupernovaAgain

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

Hi ChampagneSupernovaAgain,

I have met Katie Kirby, she was utterly lovely, and we had quite a few cocktails together- it was at an event for t'other place that I believe is not mentioned here...sadly we don't have a special gin drinking club, though that would be nice!

In the grand scheme of the internet and the general awfulness that seems to lurk out there, I'm pretty lucky with regard to trolls! There are the odd comments, but usually from people who have completely missed the point that it is supposed to be a humorous page, and try and take it seriously. Sometimes it's just someone who doesn't find me funny, which is fine, it would be pretty boring if we all liked the same thing, but they feel the need to tell me exactly why they don't find it funny. Usually, there are so many comments on posts that either I don't see the nasty ones, or by the time I do, someone else has already responded, usually with far more with that I could've managed! But like I said, there's not been anything too awful, when you hear what other people get sent, mostly just people saying 'I think you're a bit shit!'.
xx

GillSims Wed 05-Sep-18 21:14:39

BretonStripe

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

Hi BretonStripe,
Yes. Yes, I do grin

GillSims Wed 05-Sep-18 21:17:24

SallySwann

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?

Hi SallySwann,
I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I don't know what made me start writing it all down- it started really as a joke with a friend, and then other people found it funny, so I shared it on Facebook, and then it sort of snowballed and I suppose in a way, the more other people said 'I feel like that too!' the more cathartic it became, after spending a long time convinced I was the only one who hated making lasagne/ wanted to puke at the smell in softplay/ hid in a cupboard eating biscuits/ dreamed of one single wee in peace! xx

ButDoYouAvocado Wed 05-Sep-18 21:19:05

Is the main character in the book based on anyone you know.....:-D

ChampagneSupernovaAgain Wed 05-Sep-18 21:19:23

Am pleased to hear that you are able to rise above. Give Judgy some cheese for us
shockthe other place shock

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 05-Sep-18 21:19:36

Gill - we realise there's a lot to get through but if you get a chance we'd love to hear your answers to the Mumsnet questions that we put to all of the authors who join us:

What was your favourite childhood book?

What was the last book you bought someone as a gift?

And the last book you received?

And finally - can you describe to us the room where you wrote Why Mummy Swears?

Dorlowe68 Wed 05-Sep-18 21:20:10

Hi Gill, I enjoy your blog and have read both your books, great fun even though my kids are young men now I still find them funny. I have also done a Facebook live session, not so glamerous, for my work. It's really hard keeping up! So good luck with this and look forward to your next offering whatever that may be. 😀

BretonStripe Wed 05-Sep-18 21:21:43

Ok. I'll address the elephant in the room...

Gill - we don't do kisses on MN! Me thinks you've been spending too much (any) time over on that other place ! grin

Celama Wed 05-Sep-18 21:22:58

Hi Gill
Why Mummy Swears is brilliant! I left it on the chair, the kids noticed and squealed “Oh Mummy, that book must be all about you!” I laughed at so much of it and commiserated at other parts; it was so, so relevant and I hadn’t expected that.
Although I’ve heard about you, I hadn’t read your blog or Why Mummy Drinks. My question is, how much artistic license is there in the stories or do you worry about people taking offence at how they’ve been portrayed if they’re true?

GillSims Wed 05-Sep-18 21:23:00

ButDoYouAvocado

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?

Hi ButDoYouAvocado,
I've seen a few bits and pieces about the 'Instamums' and the way they seem to divide opinion. I follow Clemmie Telford and Steph Douglas, mostly because I met them in person and they were really nice people. I don't really have an opinion as such- I obviously don't feature my kids online, partly because they are old enough to have had the Internet safety talks at school about never sharing details online, and now they won't even let me post photos of them on my personal FB page as they took it all so seriously (my son told me I could go to prison after they changed the law in France, I pointed out we weren't in France, to his disappointment) , but each to their own! I think maybe some people cross the line with what they post, but I've not seen that in the ones I follow, but that's the internet for you, isn't it- someone will also cross the line! xx

GillSims Wed 05-Sep-18 21:24:28

BretonStripe

Ok. I'll address the elephant in the room...

Gill - we don't do kisses on MN! Me thinks you've been spending too much (any) time over on that other place ! grin

Oh no! I'm so sorry! And ashamed! I've never actually ventured on the Other Place, I am just terrible for finishing everything with kisses! I shall do it no more! blush

GillSims Wed 05-Sep-18 21:27:39

thinkofablinkingnamewoman

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!

Hi thinkofablinkingnamewoman,
It depends on the time of day if I drink it or not- sometimes I need to schedule posts because I'm out, and so I take the photo earlier in the day, so obviously I can't drink it, because I'm driving later, but I quite often will keep it until a more suitable hour!

Lots of people are asking about a third book- I very much hope there will be another book, addressing Ellen and family's japes and frolics (and the rest) as the children get a bit older!

GillSims Wed 05-Sep-18 21:29:46

ChampagneSupernovaAgain

Am pleased to hear that you are able to rise above. Give Judgy some cheese for us
shockthe other place shock

ChampagneSupernovaAgain- we were only at the Other Place event for the free booze, if that's any consolation? I like to think we certainly made the most of it...

BretonStripe Wed 05-Sep-18 21:31:07

Don't be ashamed! Just thought I'd point it out now I feel like a bitch

Looking forward to your answers to @RachelMumsnet's questions smile

GillSims Wed 05-Sep-18 21:31:49

ButDoYouAvocado

Is the main character in the book based on anyone you know.....:-D

Hi ButDoYouAvocado,
Oooh, good question! No, I don't think so, but I like to think she contains a little bit of every stressed mum who has had to bite their tongue to stop themselves telling their little darlings to fuck off please sit down quietly.

GillSims Wed 05-Sep-18 21:32:25

BretonStripe

Don't be ashamed! Just thought I'd point it out now I feel like a bitch

Looking forward to your answers to *@RachelMumsnet*'s questions smile

Thank you for saving me from even more embarrassment!

GillSims Wed 05-Sep-18 21:35:35

Celama

Hi Gill
Why Mummy Swears is brilliant! I left it on the chair, the kids noticed and squealed “Oh Mummy, that book must be all about you!” I laughed at so much of it and commiserated at other parts; it was so, so relevant and I hadn’t expected that.
Although I’ve heard about you, I hadn’t read your blog or Why Mummy Drinks. My question is, how much artistic license is there in the stories or do you worry about people taking offence at how they’ve been portrayed if they’re true?

Hi Celama,
I'm so glad you enjoyed it! There is, obviously, quite a lot of artistic license in the stories. The people portrayed tend to be exaggerated stereotypes from every playground- I think if anyone don't know a Persephone's Mummy, then maybe you are Persephone's Mummy...wink, so I don't really worry about that- no one is slavishly based on one person! Sometimes, my friends will tell me a story too brilliant not to share, but in those cases, I always ask for their permission to use it first!

GillSims Wed 05-Sep-18 21:36:22

Dorlowe68

Hi Gill, I enjoy your blog and have read both your books, great fun even though my kids are young men now I still find them funny. I have also done a Facebook live session, not so glamerous, for my work. It's really hard keeping up! So good luck with this and look forward to your next offering whatever that may be. 😀

Hi Dorlowe68, Thank you, FB lives are HARD, well done!

SallySwann Wed 05-Sep-18 21:36:36

Your style of writing is so easy to read. Were you, or are you, a big reader and, outside of blogging, do you have any favourite authors or do you have any authors that acted as inspirations?

GillSims Wed 05-Sep-18 21:40:22

Morlef

My question would have to be- will the books be made into a film (I bloody well hope so, they would be amazing!) And if so, who would play the parts of Ellen and Simon...ooh and Sam too? X

Hi Morlef,
It would be amazing if they were made into a film, but there's no plans at the moment! As far as who would play Ellen and Simon and Sam...I don't know! It's such a subjective thing, I have a very clear picture of them in my head, but I can't think of any actors who match them, but then again, your picture of them might be completely different- I'm sure we've all had that thing where a book we love is turned into a film, and we go 'NO! They can't POSSIBLY be X, that is clearly wrong!' I still haven't seen the film of One Day, because Anne Hathaway CLEARLY wasn't Emma, however good people said she was in the role! I'd be really interested to hear who other people think should play Ellen and Simon and Sam though, and see what pictures of them you all have in your heads!

MamaCBear Wed 05-Sep-18 21:41:12

Obviously all us mums can relate to everything in your book but I wondered, do you know any men that have read the book? Or read your blog?

GillSims Wed 05-Sep-18 21:42:48

FernieB

Love Judgy so muchsmile. He reminds me of a dachshund I know who is disapproving of everything.

You're very brave to write about being a mum. Everyone has an opinion on it and a lot will judge you harshly for everything you do. Is that something you considered before starting?

Hi FernieB, Dachshunds have wonderfully expressively faces too.
To answer your question in one word- no, I never considered how I would be judged. Partly because I tend not to be very good at thinking through the consequences of my actions and tend to act first, but mainly because I never thought it would matter because no one would read it anyway! My main aim was really just to make my friends laugh a bit. It still is, tbh!

GillSims Wed 05-Sep-18 21:43:48

littlerose12345

Hi Gill!
Thank you for writing such a brilliantly relatable book! Had me howling in places!
My question is are any of the characters based on real people?!

Hi littlerose12345,
Nope, definitely not, absolutely no real people there whatsoever at all in the slightest...wink

Coolusername Wed 05-Sep-18 21:44:54

Found it! It’s me! 😛

MamaCBear Wed 05-Sep-18 21:45:29

Also, agree on Anne Hathaway! I always pictured Jessica Hynes as Emma when reading One Day.

FernieB Wed 05-Sep-18 21:46:22

The front cover is really eye catching. It really jumps out on the shelves. Did you have any input into it? Also you've been in the top ten bestsellers list for a while now (congratulations!) - is that something you take notice of?

GillSims Wed 05-Sep-18 21:50:23

RachelMumsnet

Gill - we realise there's a lot to get through but if you get a chance we'd love to hear your answers to the Mumsnet questions that we put to all of the authors who join us:

What was your favourite childhood book?

What was the last book you bought someone as a gift?

And the last book you received?

And finally - can you describe to us the room where you wrote Why Mummy Swears?

Hi Rachel,
Fab questions!
My favourite childhood book! I don't think I can choose one! I suppose it would be the ones I still come back to now- The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, which I lost an afternoon too, while my mother looked for me, and I was so lost in Narnia I didn't hear her shouting for me. Ballet Shoes- I SO wanted to go to Madame Fidelia's and have a m'audition frock! Anything at all by E Nesbit. And a wonderful book called The Flame Trees Of Thika by Elspeth Huxley, which I was given for my 9th birthday- I grew up in East Africa too, so that one is very special to me!

The last book I bought someone as a gift- I think that was an old book about Arab horses that I got for my friend as a birthday present- she loves Arabs, it wasn't totally random!

The last book I received- as a present, was the Diary Of A Provincial Lady, which was BRILLIANT! I get sent lots of books from publishers now too, which is an excellent perk that I hadn't expected!

The room where I wrote Why Mummy Swears- My sitting room, on the sofa, which was terrible for my posture, but I couldn't write at a table, because Judgy Dog gets upset when he can't sit on my knee, and it is too uncomfortable for us both when he sits on my knee at a desk or table, so the sofa it was, because of course, his needs come before everything else (so he tells me)!

Celama Wed 05-Sep-18 21:52:22

I’m sure several if your acquaintances must have had panicked moments at some point though haha. The last book I read in a similar style, I really did not enjoy; WMS was like a breath of fresh air albeit with the strength to blow the door shut in your face, if that makes sense! Off to buy Why Mummy Drinks now.

GillSims Wed 05-Sep-18 21:53:06

SallySwann

Your style of writing is so easy to read. Were you, or are you, a big reader and, outside of blogging, do you have any favourite authors or do you have any authors that acted as inspirations?

Hi SallySwann,
I've always loved reading, it's probably my favourite thing to do in the world. My mind always goes blank when people say who is your favourite XYZ, but I do love Jilly Cooper, she is hilarious, and the queen of the terrible pun, and Kate Atkinson is brilliant too. I don't know if they acted as inspirations though- I had to actively avoid reading Jilly Cooper when writing in case I subconsciously stole any of her jokes and thought I was very clever and original!

GillSims Wed 05-Sep-18 21:54:39

MamaCBear

Obviously all us mums can relate to everything in your book but I wondered, do you know any men that have read the book? Or read your blog?

hi MamaCBear,
There are a few men who have read the books- a lovely man came to one of the events and said 'I bought it because it was bright yellow, but I've really enjoyed it and given it to all my friends'. Similarly, there are a few men who read the blog, but I think it's mostly women.

ChampagneSupernovaAgain Wed 05-Sep-18 21:56:59

I am ROFL at if you don't know Persephone's Mummy you are her.
Thank you for coming in!

GillSims Wed 05-Sep-18 21:57:18

FernieB

The front cover is really eye catching. It really jumps out on the shelves. Did you have any input into it? Also you've been in the top ten bestsellers list for a while now (congratulations!) - is that something you take notice of?

Hi FernieB,
I LOVE the covers so much! I had zero input in them- I have no artistic skills whatsoever!
I'm afraid I do take notice of the top ten lists, yes. I know I should say I'm totally blasé about it all, and be all 'Oh gosh, am I? I hadn't realised!' but no, it's thrilling and exciting and amazing every single week and I may have cut and kept the list from the paper every week I've been in it!

GillSims Wed 05-Sep-18 21:57:43

Celama

I’m sure several if your acquaintances must have had panicked moments at some point though haha. The last book I read in a similar style, I really did not enjoy; WMS was like a breath of fresh air albeit with the strength to blow the door shut in your face, if that makes sense! Off to buy Why Mummy Drinks now.

Thank you, hope you enjoy it too!

GillSims Wed 05-Sep-18 21:58:49

ChampagneSupernovaAgain

I am ROFL at if you don't know Persephone's Mummy you are her.
Thank you for coming in!

Thank you for stopping by too! Hope there's not too much paranoia in the playgrounds tomorrow with everyone wondering if they are Persephone's Mummy...

Givemeone Wed 05-Sep-18 21:59:58

Hello lady who makes me belly laugh. Have you read Sweet Pea by C J Skuse?
Darker than you but swears about the same. X

GillSims Wed 05-Sep-18 22:00:25

MamaCBear

Also, agree on Anne Hathaway! I always pictured Jessica Hynes as Emma when reading One Day.

I saw a younger Julia Sawalha. Jessica Hynes would've been good too!
Isn't it strange how fixed we get the images of characters in our heads though!

GillSims Wed 05-Sep-18 22:00:52

Givemeone

Hello lady who makes me belly laugh. Have you read Sweet Pea by C J Skuse?
Darker than you but swears about the same. X

Hi Givemeone,
I haven't read it, I'll look out for it!

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 05-Sep-18 22:01:56

That brings us to the end of the hour. That was such a great chat - thanks to everyone who joined us and a huge thanks to Gill for answering our questions this evening - it’s been a lot of fun. We hope Ellen, Simon and family continue to dominate the book charts - and we hope you'll join us again in the future to tell us about their further adventures.

A reminder to all book clubbers that we’re joined next Tuesday (11th September by Leila Slimani author of Lullaby and finally our September book of the month is Fierce by Gin Phillips. Do join us in reading.

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 05-Sep-18 22:03:55

Oh and Calpyso, our dachshund, sends love to Judgy

GillSims Wed 05-Sep-18 22:04:21

starlight36

Hi Gill,
I've really enjoyed both books and can relate to many things in them. My question is if you have ever been forced into a role on a PSA and if so were you brave enough to cancel something if others wouldn't help? Your descriptions of the whole experience: lack of volunteers, wonderful excuses and ridiculous expectations of others rang very true with my own experiences but I'm afraid I've ended up being a martyr giving up lots of my own time and then moaning about if afterwards!

Hi starlight36,
I was a PTA Chair for two years, and it nearly broke me! I did cancel an event due to lack of volunteers and there was outrage- lots of 'We would totally have volunteered if we had known' despite all the many begging, pleading, and finally threatening emails about the event being cancelled if no one stepped up- apparently no one, not one single person had got them...until they got the email saying I was binning it! I felt like the little red hen for most of my time on the PTA 'Fine then, I'll do it myself!'

littlerose12345 Wed 05-Sep-18 22:04:55

Brilliant chat, thank you!

GillSims Wed 05-Sep-18 22:05:47

RachelMumsnet

Oh and Calpyso, our dachshund sends love to Judgy

Oh what a gorgeous little face! Thank you so much for having me, Mumsnet, and thank you everyone for taking the time to come by, and for all your fabulous questions! I nearly signed off with another kiss there, but luckily stopped myself in time! blush wink

GillSims Wed 05-Sep-18 22:07:44

Apologies for all the typos and bad spellings too, just saw I used 'too' instead of 'to' on one post and there are probably many more, I was trying to type as fast as possible to get through as many questions as I could! Sorry! Please don't judge me (the dog will do that for you) blush

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 05-Sep-18 22:38:37

And congratulations to .... FernieB, Sallyswann, BretonStripe, thinkofablinkingnamewoman, starlight36, Morlef, Cassie71, littlerose12345, Dorlowe68, Celama, MamaCBear, Coolusername, Givemeone and ChampagneSupernovaAgain who have each won a copy of September book of the month Fierce by Gin Phillips. We’ll be in touch to organise getting the books out to you.

BretonStripe Wed 05-Sep-18 23:22:02

Oh wow, thank you so much Mumsnet! That's so kind to send me a book, I'm thrilled!

Thanks so much for the chat, Gill. I'd have been on here longer but got stuck on the phone. Have also served time on the PTA, so was 99% sure you had too when reading Why Mummy Swears as those observations and descriptions were just too accurate! smile

Looking forward to book No3 next year already wink

starlight36 Thu 06-Sep-18 10:01:23

Thank you so much Mumsnet. I'm really enjoying the books of the month. Looking forward to the Lullaby discussion next week.

littlerose12345 Thu 06-Sep-18 13:39:53

Thank you so much Mumsnet! Looking forward to the next webchat!

BretonStripe Wed 26-Sep-18 22:44:45

Hi @RachelMumsnet just wondered if my book got lost in the post? As never received a copy or heard from you? sad

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