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Mums on Strike [Kindle Edition]

Laura Kemp
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From the author of Mums Like Us comes a fun, witty novel about what it's like when an ordinary mum has had enough. Perfect for fans of Pedigree Mum and The Mummyfesto.

It was just a squashed grape on the kitchen floor. Hardly a reason to get upset, right?

But six years of motherhood has left Lisa Stratton feeling like a skivvy.

Every morning before she’s opened her eyes, she starts her mental inventory of jobs to do. And just like yesterday, the day before and every day since she became a mum, she’s woken up knackered.

So when her husband deliberately steps over the grape because it’s ‘her responsibility’ to run the house, it tips her over the edge.

He wasn’t always like this – they used to share everything.

Then the kids came along and he saw it as an excuse to sit back.

But this time things are going to change. Lisa has made a decision. She’s going on strike…

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"Funny and poignant, it's an enjoyable read many women will relate to." (Sun)

"Brilliantly funny. This book could spark a revolution!" (Fiona Gibson, author of MUM ON THE RUN)

"A book that is so NOW where many mums are trying to get their "me" back. I wanted to shout "Yes" at every page but I was too busy laughing and nodding my head in recognition. A must read for any mother going through the mumopause." (Claire Smith AKA Ministry of Mum)

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Funny and poignant, it's an enjoyable read many women will relate to. - The Sun

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 932 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0099574594
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (16 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F9FBCK8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,052 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Anti-yummy mummy Laura Kemp started writing as a way to cope with motherhood.
Armpit-deep in inadequacy, she came up with Mums Like Us, a support group in a book for those of us who still haven't lost our baby bellies.
Her debut novel tells the ridiculous story of Stella Smith, an ordinary mum who becomes an unlikely international heroine by taking on the Mother Superiors.
Allison Pearson, author of the best-selling I Don't Know How She Does It, says it's "fantastically funny, debunks the myths of yummy mummydom and is a sanity saver" while top chick lit author Milly Johnson called it "so very real with a wealth of observational humour".
Laura's second book Mums On Strike is about a working mum who decides she's had enough of being the skivvy and downs tools in a bid to get her husband to share the housework.
Her third - a sexy rom com - is in the pipeline.
She is also a columnist and feature writer for newspapers and magazines when she's not cleaning the loo.
Laura Kemp's books are published by Arrow and she is represented by Lizzy Kremer at David Higham.
For all her book news go to Laura Kemp Books on Facebook at

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A entertaining read that many will relate to! xXx 26 Jan. 2014
By realovesbooks TOP 500 REVIEWER TOP 1000 REVIEWER
So far this year I seem to be reading authors who are new to me, I have read Nicholas Sparks, Louise Mensch, Koren Zailckas and now I have just finished a book by Laura Kemp. I loved the synopsis for Mums on Strike, it sounded like a fun and entertaining read that many women would relate to.

A crushed grape is what finally tips Lisa over the edge. She is fed up of being the only one to do the housework the dinner, taking care of the children as well as holding down a job and yet it seems to be a given that this is her job! Well she has had enough and is now going on strike and so now husband Adam is about to get a shock to the system.

All Lisa wants is for Adam to change his ways and help out with the day to day chores but he is reluctant to agree but soon things begin to get a little out of hand when other women hear what Lisa is doing. Will Lisa get Adam to agree to do half the chores?

There are going to be so many tired and stressful mums who are going to love this book and really relate to Lisa. I don’t have children but even I could relate to her as it is more to do with those pesky lazy husbands who we seem to love but hate! Running alongside Lisa’s story of woes is her best friend Cal and her troubles and also the lovely Mandy and the terrible time she is having with her Italian husband. Adam who is Lisa’s husband was a great character, like a lot of men he took his wife for granted but fair play to him he redeems himself in this book.

The storyline is an easy, light read that has some witty humour ( especially Lisa’s DIY!) but also touches upon some more serious issues. It took me no time at all to read this as it was an easy writing style and the book flowed well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No sagging in the middle. 5 Feb. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I don't usually read books set in the present day (I'm a history fan) but the title of this book struck a chord and curiosity got the better of me. I'm a library assistant and see a lot of intriguing titles every day.

Laura Kemp puts her finger on the problem faced by today's generation of mums ie thanks to feminism we're now expected to do 2 jobs, keep house and go out to work. In fact young mums are looked down upon if they don't do a job outside the home, why should women do 2 jobs when men are only expected to do 1? She dealt with this dilemma in a funny and sensitive way and it was great the way she kept the momentum going, unlike a lot of books this one didn't 'sag' in the middle. I'm looking forward to the next book, I noticed she left the door open for Lisa and Stella (from her previous book 'Mums Like Us') to get together and change the world! I'm surprised I haven't seen it for sale in the supermarkets, it would be perfect for their clientele. I'll definitely recommend it to my borrowers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Mums on Strike is an enjoyable, humorous and insightful look into the life of an everyday working mum, her family and friends.

Laura Kemp has managed to deliver a thought provoking yet entertaining read and cover quite a tricky subject without creating “the bad husband” which I’m sure would have been the route that many authors would have taken. The characters are sympathetic and in general believable. The story covers a dilemma faced by many modern day mums and dads and it gives a balanced, rather than biased, view which I wasn’t anticipating and I was pleasantly surprised by.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book; it is a light read but this is more to do with the impressive writing ability of the author rather than the content of the book. I would certainly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read 20 Feb. 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Funny, insightful book about being a mum, female friendships and juggling work and family. It captures brilliantly the strain and chaos of having young children and trying to maintain a relationship and job. Had me laughing constantly but also many touching moments. Well worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review: 'Mums on Strike' by Laura Kemp 21 Jan. 2014
Lisa Stratton has been a mother for about six years and she could never have expected the big changes she would have to get used to after becoming a mum. Somehow, she has found herself in a marriage where it is solely her responsibility to keep the house clean, to make sure the kids get to and from birthday parties, and everyone has enough clean clothes to last them through the week. Before the arrival of the children, Lisa and her husband used to take it all on together, as a couple, and she sees no reason why it shouldn't go back to the way it was. So, Lisa decides there's only thing for her to do if she wants things to change: a strike.

Even though I'm not (yet) a mum myself, I always love reading novels about motherhood and the challenges that come with it. `Mums on Strike' has an original idea at its core which I thoroughly enjoyed; you often hear about mums who feel there is still a rather old-fashioned idea out there in the world that it is the woman who has to do the ironing and keeping the house clean, instead of this being a team-effort. Laura Kemp used this idea and managed to turn it into a funny and captivating read that focuses on a mum going on strike and forcing her husband to rethink the task division in their home, including the troubles and difficult moments that come with this decision.

Lisa is a lovely heroine and a true example to many female readers, I think. She is strong, ambitious (I really liked how she wants to be a great mother and a wonderful wife, but also an independent woman who has her own dreams and ambitions) and she stands up for her beliefs. Laura Kemp shows both sides of Lisa's strike; the pro's and con's and how it influences everyone around her, including her young children, which is part of what makes this novel good. `Mums on Strike' is an entertaining, funny and feminist read and I wouldn't be surprised if this will put ideas in the heads of wives and mothers all around the world!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I can so easily relate to Lisa,
Oh how I wish I was as gutsy as Lisa, a women who is experiencing what most of us working, juggling mums, and possibly dads, have to deal with and would possibly dream of doing. Read more
Published 3 days ago by jerseygirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it.
Published 3 days ago by J Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Absolutely hilarious read, I laughed out loud as it is so true to life. I actually related to the characters so much that I was a bit disappointed there was no real national... Read more
Published 19 days ago by busy mum
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book, so true to how a lot of ...
Brilliant book,so true to how a lot of people feel about running a house and family but do nothing about it.
Published 21 days ago by sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Briliant Observations of Life
A fun to read book
Published 2 months ago by PlodderK
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
such a good book
Published 3 months ago by SUSAN
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable light hearted read
A lovely light hearted easy entertaining read about a Mum that was tipped over the edge by a crushed grape! Great read for a long journey or a beach holiday. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Christie Barlow
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
The first story was much better. Never finished it cause I got bored
Published 3 months ago by Rozi
5.0 out of 5 stars Mum's on strike
Lovely read, made me feel like I'm not the only one taken for granted. Definitely worth a look. Five stars.
Published 5 months ago by Lotto1
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny light read!
A light hearted look at family life and the workload for mums. Husband and wife teamwork winning out.....eventually!! Easy to pick up and put down.
Published 5 months ago by L.B
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