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Mums Like Us [Paperback]

Laura Kemp
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Book Description

28 Feb 2013

Attention, all lardies!

Are you sick to death of mum-upmanship at the school gates?

Have you had your fill of Mother Superiors who lose their baby weight in six weeks while you're still carrying yours years later?

Do you crave the company of like-minded mums who will admit motherhood smells not of roses but of dirty nappies?

Well, look no further than Mums Like Us, a weekly group where knackered mums can let rip about kids, husbands and work.

So join our rejection of perfection, and fight for 'good enough' parenting. And drink. And lots of cake.

Stella Smith

Mums Like Us Chairwoman

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (28 Feb 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0099574586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099574583
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 209,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"What an absolute treat! I stayed up to the early hours to finish it and felt rather bereft when I had. I imagine that, like me, readers will be nodding at every turn and screaming at the page "Yes, that's just what it's like. I'm not alone - someone else is out there!" ... I love it." (Milly Johnson, author of A WINTER FLAME)

"Fantastically funny; a sanity saver with a lovely laugh on every page. I plan to give it to every mum I know." (Allison Pearson, author of I DON'T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT)

"Laura Kemp's debut is a very funny novel, which I'm sure will entertain and delight many mums!" (

"My children are getting the most basic, value range, own brand level of care at the moment. Why? Because I'm reading a brilliant new book - Mum's Like Us - by Laura Kemp, and it's getting most of my attention. I can honestly say it is an absolute must read for any mother who has ever hidden the Mister Maker magazine down the sofa to avoid doing crafts. Warm and witty, it's like she's peered inside my head and describes exactly how it feels to be a mum. Truthfully." (

"Staggeringly true and absolutely hilarious! . I can't think of one person I know who would read this book and not be in stitches before the end of the first chapter. With a million laughs a minute, and the fact that I recognised myself so many times in this book being quite a scary realisation, this is just a fabulously funny read that I think every mother should have. Laura sounds like a person that I'd love to spend an evening with over a glass of wine or two or maybe even a bottle! A lady with a sense of humour such as hers is sure to have an award-winning super novel on her hands. Very hard to believe it is her first novel, she is a complete natural and I hope there are many more of her books out in the not too distant future. It is published in paperback on 28th February so is a perfect Mother's Day pressie. It is guaranteed to make every Mom laugh and realise that they are not the only ones! I can think of loads of people I need to buy this book for!" (

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It's Mums Like Us vs Mother Superiors. Which side are you on? A fun, witty novel about what it's like to be an ordinary mum...

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4.0 out of 5 stars You may find that you're "Good enough" 14 Jun 2014
By CJ73
Format:Kindle Edition
This is chick lit for mum's. It made me laugh and there were elements where i thought "That's my life". A readable book that you fit in around any mum's life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome 29 Jan 2014
By helhcwo
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As a new mum to a 10 week old girl, this book was perfect. Scrap that. It was Good Enough!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mums Like Us 20 Jan 2014
By boltieb
Brilliantly witty, not to mention very original. I loved every minute of this. She's a funny girl is Kemp. Thoroughly recommend :)
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a book for me! 9 Mar 2013
By Chloe S "Chick Lit Chloe" TOP 500 REVIEWER
The book began quite well, although from the beginning I struggled to get over the very bizarre narrative that I just did not like at all. It was written in the first person from the point of view of Stella, the chairwoman of 'Mums Like Us', a new mums club based around the idea that no mother is perfect and we're all just getting by! The narrative is addressing the members of the club, which is really weird and I found it hard to like it, I couldn't settle into it and that was a shame right from the beginning. She was directly addressing them throughout, even so far as to point out where the biscuits were in her kitchen and other things that just didn't work for me.

Oddly though, Stella's husband Matt makes infrequent posts throughout the book, on his dad's football club blog and I really enjoyed these. Actually, I enjoyed these much more than Stella's story, and for some reason, his narrative worked so well. He was funny, and kind and I really liked Matt. Stella on the other hand, well. She tries to be the 'every woman' but I just didn't like her. Yes, some of the things she said ran true for me but others were written just to be inflammatory or to really poke fun at the mum's who do like to dress up, have the best for their kids, and I didn't particularly enjoy that side of it, although I have to confess 'smugaboo' did make me giggle.

My really huge problem with the book was its unrealistic story and progression. Stella went from being a normal mum doing normal things with her life, to a virtual media magnate, with exclusive access to the Prime Minister (!!), appearances on national television and a million pound selling calendar, all in a ridiculously small space of time and for silly reasons.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just awful cliche-riddled rubbish 25 Jan 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've never put down a novel (or very rarely) but this one I stopped reading about a quarter of the way in. It is neither smart nor clever. The cliches fall off the pages thick and fast. I literally cringed while reading it and in the end decided life is too short. I am a HUGE fan of chick lit and will defend it as a genre to the death (almost!) - but this isn't a great example of it (or the sub genre yummy-mummy lit). To balance out this rather brutal review I do however like and enjoy the author's pieces in the Daily Mail. First time mums might enjoy a push. Sorry definitely not for this lover of chick lit.
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3.0 out of 5 stars One Mums will love! 18 Mar 2013
By Leah Graham TOP 1000 REVIEWER
When I heard about Mums Like Us, I wasn't sure if it was really the book for me. I'm 22, no where near being a mother (if I ever will) but I really, really liked the synopsis for the novel. I loved Stella's open letter to all mothers out there, and I admit, I was intrigued about mothers who aren't perfect, because at the end of the day, that's 90% of mothers, isn't it? Yet the only mothers you ever read about seem to be the so-called Mother Superiors, so I was really looking forward to reading about a normal mother for a change.

Mums Like Us is possibly one of the most uniquely written books, ever. It's written in a way I don't even know how to describe. In fact, I asked Laura how she would describe it and she said chatty, as if you're there in Stella's kitchen and that sums it up perfectly. It isn't written traditionally, the way a normal book is written, the entire novel is pretty much in the same vein as the synopsis. It's like you're sat there in Stella's kitchen, like you're part of the Mums Like Us group. I'll be honest, it's a bit weird at first, but I soon got used to it and it definitely makes the novel stand out because it's not a writing style you'll come across very often.

I found the novel a bit overwhelming if I'm honest, not having any experience of being a mother, this book sort of put me off. It sounds awful - sure, kids are undoubtedly the best thing you can ever have, if you're that way inclined, but man! It sounds like hard work. But I liked the book, it didn't resonate with me the way it will resonate with most, and mothers EVERYWHERE will be nodding at everything Stella believes in, because it's very real.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Honest, funny and insightful - highly recommend 16 Mar 2013
By Kt McC
A very honest, funny and insightful look at parenting which will resonate and entertain all those that struggle to juggle the demands of motherhood.

A great book which I would highly recommend.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 18 Mar 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I hate leaving a negative review, but I was just so surprised to see so many rave reviews that I felt honour-bound to balance it out. Personally I deeply resent the money I've just paid for this book, which is a real let-down. The 'bad parenting' examples are hackneyed, and although the approach is original, without any strong characterisation or dialogue it quickly becomes tired. I think it's unlikely I'll reach the end.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly Honest
A truly brilliant first novel by Laura Kemp, who captures so accurately the highs and lows of being a mum. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kirsti Dunn
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking fun.
Brilliant read,laugh out loud funny in many places. Very true in parts,made me feel like a 'normal' mummy ha! Will never think of pin the tail on the donkey in the same way again! Read more
Published 13 months ago by G L Towers
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant and down to earth
this book was such an easy read,lots of funny moments and lots of things I could relate to as a mum-it was brilliant and I would recommend
Published 14 months ago by tigger
1.0 out of 5 stars A trying read
As much as I wanted to love this book I couldn't. It was a long laborious read and I nearly quit reading so many times. Sadly I didn't and it didn't get any better.
Published 14 months ago by vicki myers
3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly observant
I defy any mum not to laugh out loud when reading this, we can all identify with the shortcuts Stella takes! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Donna Buxton
5.0 out of 5 stars Mums Like Us
Very funny anti yummy-mummy brigade. I laughed every few pages as Laura Kemp takes the piss out of being po-faced. Like is messy and babies treble that. Read more
Published 15 months ago by J. Friedmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping me sane!
Brilliant read. Keeping me sane through the early days of parenting. Laugh out loud moments and can relate to nearly all dilemmas faced by the Mum's Like Us.
Published 15 months ago by HannahEv
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent light read if you're not a perfect mum and laugh at yourself
This book was recommended to me and in turn I would recommend it to others. It's a lovely light read, which made me laugh, laugh at myself and discover so much more about mums in... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Franglaise Mummy
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be afraid to say you're a mum like us.
This is a must for all mums who at the end of the day didn't get anywhere near their to-do list. In fact if you've never even got round to making a list then you're in 'Mums like... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Nortonmum
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