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Mum On The Run

Mum On The Run [Kindle Edition]

Fiona Gibson
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)

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Praise for Mum on the Run:

‘Frivolous fun.’ Grazia

‘Warm, funny and poignant.’ The Daily Mail

;’Brilliant…manages to capture family life perfectly.’ Chick Lit Reviews

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Laura Swan was dreading the school sports day Mum’s race - but whoever would have thought it could be quite so life-changing?

Laugh-out-loud funny, Fiona’s writing deals with the real life cringe-worthy moments we all know so well…

Sports Day at her children's school is a nightmare for Laura because of the event she dreads – the Mums' Race. She knows the other mothers have been in training for at least three months – even though they're trying to pretend that they haven't. Laura's vowed never to take part, but the morning of the School Sports Day she makes a fatal error and promises her daughter that if she eats her Rice Crispies, she will run. With no escape, Laura is forced to take part and as she moves towards her inevitable humiliation, she is horrified to spot her husband Jed flirting with Celeste the delectable French girl who works with him.

Determined to put up a fight and to show Jed there is still plenty of spice left in their marriage, Laura decides it is time to give her body the work out it has been desperately crying out for. But when Laura makes a special new friend at the running club that she has joined, she gets much more than she bargained for.

From buying sexy lingerie displayed alongside the gherkins at Tesco to struggling into the last playsuit in Topshop, this novel is full of humour and Laura is a true heroine for our times. A sparkling, witty novel, that fizzes off the page.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1303 KB
  • Print Length: 387 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1847562493
  • Publisher: Avon (17 Mar 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,333 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Fiona Gibson is the author of six novels, including Mum on the Run and The Great Escape, both published by Avon. She grew up in a Yorkshire village called Goose Eye, before working on Jackie and Just Seventeen magazines - in those heady pre-internet days when it was pretty exciting to get a free plastic mirror taped to the front of your magazine. A complete mag addict, Fiona went on to edit More! magazine, where she introduced the infamous Position of the Fortnight. After having her twin sons and daughter, she started to write fiction, usually at night with the house full of toddlers and builders. It was a sort of escape.

After spending her twenties in London, Fiona now lives in Lanarkshire, Scotland. When she's not writing, she's usually walking or running with her collie cross, Jack, whilst trying to wrestle her plotlines into some semblance of order. She's a pretty poor speller but loves nothing better than starting a brand new book. It's the middle part that's the tricky bit.

Under the byline Fiona Foden, Fiona also writes children's novels for Scholastic - Life Death & Gold Leather Trousers (2011) and Cassie's Crush (July 2012). She has finally learnt how to bake cakes.

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mum on the Run 16 Feb 2011
By Leah Graham TOP 1000 REVIEWER
The first thing I'd like to say is that despite how much I enjoyed it, Mum on the Run is a fairly typical run-of-the-mill Chick Lit novel. Yes, I managed to complete it in a day but it is fairly similar to other Chick Lit novels I've read in the past. The plot is one you see many times, after having a couple of kids (or in Laura's case, three) the main character isn't as slim as she used to be, there's a new woman on the scene catching the eye of her husband and she goes on a diet of some sort to try and win him back. Very familiar. Not to mention, the obligatory nicer man who in this case is the loveable Danny. So although the plot itself didn't grab me, and wasn't as unique as Lucky Girl, I actually did like the book. It might have been a run-of-the-mill plot but Gibson's writing style still makes it hard to put down.

The official synopsis says Laura is a heroine for the decade (or something similar) and I do agree with that, kind of. It's very hard to judge who the heroine of a decade will be before the decade is over, but I loved Laura. Right from the shambles that was sports day when she made an absolute fool of herself, I was captivated. She's definitely a character you root for, and boy was I rooting for her. It took me a while to warm to Jed, her husband, because he seemed very distant and into the new colleague of his, but I think overall he wasn't a bad person, he just let someone new and shiny take over his brain for a while. I loved Laura and Jed's kids, Finn, Grace and Toby, all three had such wonderful personalities and Gibson really excels at making her kids in her novels believable. I must admit, I kinda fell for Danny, Laura's running partner, he was just so sweet and kind and I could see why Laura was friendly with him.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a letdown 18 May 2011
By nikkij
I read this book in 2 days and really thought it sounded like it was going to be a brilliant read. Laura is mum to 3 children, she is overweight and has some problems in her life. Is her husband having an affair? Will she fall for Danny?
I felt as though the plot didnt go anywhere and in the end i just read it to see how it ended.
Laura made me smile though, i love the way she describes things, and as an overweight mum myself i can totally relate to her! What let this book down for me was the lack of storyline, yes shes overweight and tries to do something about it but what started out as a promising read began to drag on with nothing really interesting happening. The way her husband was with her just didnt sit well with me, i really believed that something interesting would come out at the end but it didnt.
Overall i did enjoy the book but wouldnt read it again im afraid.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars easy to read, chick lit 15 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Very easy to read chick lit. I really enjoyed this and could relate to some of the book (trying to lose weight, trying to excercise). It has funny bits, and more serious bits. I would recommend this if you want a read that you don't have to have to think about
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 1 Mar 2011
By Dot
Mum on the Run is the first book by Fiona Gibson that I've read and I thought it was great. I loved the relaxed style of writing, it only took me about 4-5 hours to devour the whole book.
Laura Swan has a pretty hectic lifestyle, mum to three young children, with a home and a husband to look after plusher job as a hairdresser to keep on top of. Things come to a head when she is forced into running the mums' race at sport's day, things do not go well and Laura is left red-faced, especially as her husband Jed and his beautiful colleague Celeste made a surprise appearance just as she was reaching the finishing line.
Determined to get fit, Laura joins a slimming club and decides to go running. She meets Danny who is also trying to shift a few pounds; they decide to become running buddies and are soon meeting up two or three times a week. Laura doesn't tell Jed about her new friend though, she's not too sure why as she doesn't feel as though she is doing anything wrong.
Laura's suspicions of Jed and Celeste's relationship grows, she loves her husband but she just has an awful feeling that something isn't quite right. The tension between her and Jed only causes her to spend more time with Danny. Danny who makes her feel so comfortable and interesting. However, Laura cannot ignore the cracks in her marriage forever, but is it too late? Have her and Jed been keeping too many secrets from each other?
I loved Laura's character, to be honest I don't know how you couldn't like her. I don't have any children yet so I couldn't really identify with that aspect of Laura's character but it didn't mean that I found the book any less enjoyable.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing but won't appeal to all comedy fans. 22 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm not into 'Chick Lit' per se, but I am into good comedies and I was enticed into reading Mum On The Run on the premise that it was "laugh out loud funny".

I found the pace rather slow, the storyline was thin and unoriginal, and the characters were all generically what you would expect from a Chick Lit novel. But, to Fiona Gibson's credit, the writing was of a good standard and I found Mum On The Run an amusing read and on a couple of occasions even found myself sniggering out loud.

I'm sure lovers of Chick Lit will enjoy Mum On The Run. But if you are anything like me and would prefer a laugh-out-loud comedy that also has the added ingredients of an original plot, well developed characters and a somewhat faster pace (i.e. Good Omens by Gaiman & Pratchett, or The Dealer by Tony Royden), then I would suggest you look further afield.

For 99p (kindle edition) I suppose you can't go too far wrong with Mum On The Run, if nothing else, it is an amusing read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very enjoyable book
Published 16 days ago by Julie Ayling
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent read loved it so funny in parts , very easy read
Published 18 days ago by jenny hogan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great easy read. Loved it !
Published 21 days ago by lynn - annoyed
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Brilliant book, will definitely read more by Fiona Gibson. Funny, easy to read, no confusing storyline and also a story many mums can probably relate to.
Published 21 days ago by Mags
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading
Fab book, funny family life with a few downs that happen to us all. Will be downloading another book from Fiona onto my Kindle when I finish typing this review. Great Author
Published 29 days ago by A. Bryce
5.0 out of 5 stars good story
good story
Published 1 month ago by irenewoods42
3.0 out of 5 stars spot on
spot on
Published 1 month ago by gwilmo
4.0 out of 5 stars great holiday read
Easy-going good humoured read. Well written and enjoyable with believable characters. A fair and funny reflection of life as a mum!
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Ummm
Honestly don't remember buying or reading this book but my amazon account says I did. This really isn't my type of book either so not sure what happened here.
Published 2 months ago by Anne-Marie Upton
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
Loved the main character, great story line with very real characters and lots of funny moments which are beautifully written and you cringe with the character!
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. S. Fisher
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