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The Rise And Fall Of A Yummy Mummy

The Rise And Fall Of A Yummy Mummy [Kindle Edition]

Polly Williams
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Dissects the impossible myth of the yummy mummy with warmth, poignancy and humour. Polly Williams is a brilliant new talent (Sue Pearl, Editor, YOU magazine, MAIL ON SUNDAY)

This peek at the contradictory heart of modern mothering is clever, funny- and very true (Louise Chunn, editor, in STYLE)

As baby-sick lit takes over from chick lit as publishing's latest craze, the genre may well have found its Bridget Jones in Amy, the 31-year-old hero of journalist Polly William s' debut (MARIE CLAIRE)

Slickly written...For anyone about to have, or who has just had, a baby, it is a salutary reminder that there is life after nappies and broken nights. (THE TIMES)

Book Description

A wonderfully well-written, funny and sharp novel about the trials of playing hip happy families and the contradictions at the heart of modern motherhood.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 501 KB
  • Print Length: 379 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (24 Nov 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 (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #163,173 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

My new novel, Husband, Missing, is about what happens when the person you are bonkers in love with walks out of the door one day and doesn't come back. It's about the kind of thing that doesn't happen to people like you, happening to you.

I also write features for magazines and newspapers. I tweet. I eat. And I love reading, even if I don't seem to have time to read every book I buy - my shelves are full of good intentions. I have three children. And one husband - not yet missing.

HUSBAND, MISSING - what the critics are saying.

'A gripping story,' Candis magazine

'Slickly written and cleverly plotted, this has some engaging characters, great pace and a truly gripping mystery that's blended beautifully with the love story told in retrospect. Engrossing.' The Sunday Mirror

You can read an extract of Husband, Missing at

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Mummy 29 Mar 2006
Motherhood used to terrify me. Before I read this I thought to be any good at having kids I'd have to paint the nursery walls with Farrow and Ball, feed them organic babyfood from Fresh and Wild and take them to baby yoga classes from the moment they pop out. Turns out main character Amy Crane worries about all those things too and spends the whole time feeling really inadequate in comparison to her sussed Yummy Mummy friends, superior to her Right On Green Baby friends, and at odds with her own skin. Where does she fit in and who is she now? Polly Williams' description of the career girl turned mum's journey is funny, sharp yet poignant and a reassuring observation that when you have kids you may lose your waistline but you don't have to lose yourself. I'm not a mum yet but when I am, I'll remember to laugh at myself. A classic in the making.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for my first girlie book! 30 Jan 2007
Me and my wife read totally different books. I like thrillers, adventures and suspense and she likes girlie stuff like yummy mummy. So I thought I'd have a go and see what the fuss was about.

I was determined not to like it but it was OK, funny in small parts but not side splitting. Seemed less like a piece of fiction and more like an exagerated version of the author's own experiences and acquaintances perhaps. The main character once a go-getting career girl seemed a bit too dowdy post baby as if she had lost all sense of the style she once had.

OK OK so I'm a bloke and probably don't appreciate how things change for new Mums (at least my wife has told me that!). But think on - the main male character in this book was a good and caring fella and it was the yummy mummy who got him all wrong as she did the shallow, tofu eating pilates teacher!

It was good, light hearted, lightweight reading with some bits that I could identify with (the NCT group took me back to ante-nate classes!). But I'm going to return to a book which actually has a plot!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkably insightful and true. 16 Feb 2006
By J. Lara
I have just finished this book, and enjoyed every page. As a mother of two small boys I don't read as much as I would like to, yet this was such a page turner I managed to fit it into a day or so in snatched moments...quite an achievement.
Somehow Williams manages to capture almost every insight I had thought was my own: on being a mother, other mothers, nights with a new baby, breastfeeding, the shock of new motherhood, the insecurities relating to loss of identity, libido and multiple other issues. Despite my own circumstances and habitat (both social and geographical) being very different from those of the protaganist, Amy, I identified with her from the first page.
This is a must-read for all pregnant women and anyone who is or ever aspires to being a mother. It might be a helpful read for fathers too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There, but for the grace of God........... 17 Jun 2008
By DubaiReader VINE VOICE
This could so easily happen to so many of us!
Good Chick-Lit works when you can relate to the protagonist and their situation, and this is one of the good ones.
Even though my children are now between 17 and 23, I still enjoyed this story of recovery from the whirlwind of becoming a new Mum.
Polly Williams encapsulates so many of the dilemas and ironies of new motherhood and the desire to reclaim your old, energetic self.

Amy Crane feels like an unloved, unattractive, milking machine. Then Alice comes along with 'Project Amy' - an action plan to resurrect the old Amy and bring back some of her pre-pregnancy confidence.
Needless to say it works rather too well and the extra attention she starts to receive has knock-on effects.
Excellent central characters and an effective denouement left me with a smile on my face and tears in my eyes!

I did have a couple of niggles, though not enough to reduce the star rating -
The number of Mums we meet and their respective babies and situations, left me wishing I'd kept notes at the beginning.
And the structure of the sentances meant I frequently had to re-read peragraphs to find what Amy had said as opposed to what she'd thought, or narrated.

Would love to know how Amy coped with her second year of motherhood - any chance of a sequel??
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to rave about 13 July 2009
I don't understand why this book has such brilliant reviews. I actually thought the main character was pretty selfish, and it annoyed me throughout my read. I also went through (and still have) low post-baby esteem, and experienced the loneliness, so its not that I didn't empathise, but my heart went out to her partner instead. It was one of those books where I was practically screaming "Talk to him, you stupid woman!" Oh well, the fact it provoked a reaction from me must mean the book affected me :-)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny 11 Feb 2007
By H. Burr
I had read many great reviews about this book and I was not to be disappointed, such a great read and so very funny at times. A few great twists making it a definate page turner, an enjoyable read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a sweet and sour delight 10 Jan 2006
As a mum of an 11-month-old baby girl, I was delighted to discover that I wasn't alone in the everyday challenges I was facing! This is a funny, poignant and uplifting novel that is hard to put down. Polly Williams brilliantly puts into words the physical and emotional pressures faced by the new mother, as well as the immeasurable joy. Well worth a read!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rise and Fall of a Yummy Mummy by Polly Williams
This was a very good book, very entertaining and light hearted. Well worth a read and a bit different.
Published 4 months ago by Linda
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I enjoyed reading this book but felt it was a little depressing at times! Not a feel good happy read! I was disappointed with the ending. Felt disjointed to the rest of the book! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Von
4.0 out of 5 stars Good chick flit
Enjoyed story, funny at times but not as good as Sophie Kinsella. Easy reading but was put downable and then easy to get back into story line.
Published on 18 Dec 2012 by Alfie1
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
It's not often I give a book 5/5, makes me laugh out loud or almosts makes me cry- but this fantastic book has achieved all 3 of these aspects! Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2012 by BookObsessive
5.0 out of 5 stars Chick-lit at its best!
I began to read this last week only on the basis that I had made my way through all my other chick- lit books (come on, you have to read chick- lit in the summer). Read more
Published on 15 July 2011 by Tess
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I had had this book on my pile for a ling time - it just never seemed to scream read me! Anyway, I finally got around to reading it and enjoyed it. Read more
Published on 3 April 2011 by Torialouise
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This is a great book. If your looking for something funny and imaginative then this is the book for you. Read more
Published on 30 Oct 2010 by D. Huchison
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rise and Fall of a Yummy Mummy
This is not my type of book. I found it lurking on the bookshelf covered with dust. I don't even know where it came from, but in my desperation for something to read, I reluctantly... Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2010 by Swooooo
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever and funny with real heart.
The Rise and Fall of a Yummy Mummy by Polly Williams is a clever, funny book about the first year of motherhood. Read more
Published on 30 Nov 2009 by mazzer byrne
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!
I've just finished this book and I definately reccommend it. Especially if you have young children. I have a 7 month old girl and reading this book had me laughing, crying, and... Read more
Published on 26 Nov 2009 by Mrs. Kim Anderson Sugden
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