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Looking for the best yummymummy/slummy mummy type books

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enprovence Wed 12-Aug-09 09:29:06

Sad I know, but I actually like these books, if you consider them a very light, non intellectual read!
They are great for reading when I have had a stressed day with my children.

Currently reading Lucy Cavendish book that came free with Red magazine.

PCPlumIsMyHomeboy Wed 12-Aug-09 09:31:03

India Knight's novels are very funny, and Jane Green is very enjoyable too.

MIAonline Wed 12-Aug-09 09:39:25

I loved the Mel Giedroyc books, charting her own journey from pregnancy to motherhood. I found them really funny and actually laughed out loud!

enprovence Wed 12-Aug-09 10:33:13

I totally agree, I read them too, there were 2 I think - from here to maternity and can't remember the name of the second, as lent them to friends after reading.

I loved 'How not to be a perfect mother' by Libby Purves and
'The fish finger years' by Fiona Gibson - both excellent and so funny (and relevant!).

Fear I am running out of books!!
Anymore suggestions?

Please don't recommend 'The fabulous Mum's Handbook' by grace Saunders, it is awful.
Patronising, self conscious, full of un-funny tales of her wonderful family life, many name drops and tales of her life as a fashion writer for a glossy mag - it is nauseating! Sorry, rant over.

Mouette Wed 12-Aug-09 11:21:53

How about "The rise and fall of a yummy mummy" by Polly Williams? I really enjoyed it.

scampadoodle Wed 12-Aug-09 11:31:23

"The Secret Life of a Slummy Mummy" by Fiona Neill (I think). It's well-written, though I did want to slap the main character at various points.

saramoon Wed 12-Aug-09 16:45:17

I've just read the other one by Fiona Gibson called 'Mummy just said the f word.' and that was really funny.

Thequeensfool Wed 12-Aug-09 21:25:53

'And God Created the Au pair' - Tony Parsons?

Or am I barking up the wrong tree?

cyanarasamba Wed 12-Aug-09 21:27:38

Alison Weir "I Don't Know How She Does It" - more about working mums than yummy mummies but a great read.

cyanarasamba Wed 12-Aug-09 21:29:49

Sorry I meant Allison Pearson! Doh.

With apologies to Alison Weir.....

twinmam Wed 12-Aug-09 21:35:08

I think Alison Weir wrote 'I don't know how Anne Boleyn did it' didn't she cyanarasamba wink

I second 'I don't know how she does it' and also 'the rise and fall of a yummy mummy'. Am not a huge fan of chick lit either but thought both were very clever, funny and poignant as well as really quite accurate in portraying mummy guilt and angst.

cyanarasamba Wed 12-Aug-09 22:13:37

LOL twinmam! grin

frazzled74 Wed 12-Aug-09 23:15:44

hens dancing by rafaella barker .

LaVacheQuiRit Wed 12-Aug-09 23:30:55

Aah Frazzled74, The Beauty (and the bonkers mother). I loved Hens Dancing and I normally hate any chick-lit.

enprovence Fri 14-Aug-09 20:34:14

Most chick lit is shit, it must be said, could I write one and get a load of money? No brain cells required.
However there are some fairly good, quite funny ones that I have enjoyed on a light level, especially the Mel Giedroyc ones and am looking for more of this ilk, as have become brain dead after infant number 3 has arrived. Cannot cope with more than that (on intellectual level) at the mo!!!

Curiousmama Fri 14-Aug-09 20:41:54

Scrampadoodle...didn't you think the hotel bit was way too far fetched? I know it's fiction but ffs! hmm

I have The secret life of a slummy mummy by Fioan neill you can have it if you want enprovence just CAT me.

tripletma Sat 15-Aug-09 09:53:57

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enprovence Sun 16-Aug-09 11:10:37

Hi curiousmama, talks for the offer but I have read Slummy Mummy, cheers anyway!!

Curiousmama Sun 16-Aug-09 12:55:40

That's ok. What did you think of the chapter in the hotel room where everyone seemed to be there? I thought it spoilt the book to be honest, way too far fetched even for chick lit.

enprovence Tue 18-Aug-09 16:48:32

I vaguely remember that bit, as its been a coupld of years since read it. Was that the bit when she was about to have an affair or something affair related and found her friend and husband, it was something a bit far fetched like that.
So, when I have finished the Lucy Cavendish one I will probably read this again to re-fresh on the hotel bit!

Curiousmama Tue 18-Aug-09 17:36:18

Yes that's the bit, then the actor turns up too hmm

Hope Lucy's book's good?

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