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The Secret Life of a Slummy Mummy [Paperback]

Fiona Neill
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Book Description

31 Jan 2008

For Lucy Sweeney, motherhood isn't all astanga yoga and Cath Kidston prints. It's been years since the dirty laundry pile was less than a metre high, months since Lucy remembered to have sex with her husband, and a week since she last did the school run wearing pyjamas.

Motherhood, it seems, has more pitfalls than she might have expected. Caught between perfectionist Yummy Mummy No 1 and hypercompetitive Alpha Mum, Lucy is in danger of losing the parenting plot. And worst of all, she's alarmingly distracted by Sexy Domesticated Dad. It's only a matter of time before the dirty laundry quite literally blows up in her face...

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (31 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099502887
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099502883
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This slice of angst and affluenza is several cuts above the rest ... witty, observant and supremely intelligent" (The Times)

"There is something of Bridget Jones's hopeless-but-adorable quality about Lucy ... Neill's hilarious depiction of the manifold daily perils of stay-at-home motherhood is so convincing that it soon looks like the most challenging job in the world - and Lucy is all the more sympathetic simply for staying afloat" (Daily Telegraph)

"If you're struggling to find your own inner yummy mummy, this is for you. After a few pages you'll want to make heroine Lucy Sweeney your best mate as her trials and tribulations wash away your own troubles" (Woman)

"Above the usual class of post-baby intelligent and funny look at modern parenting" (Eve)

"This will have you laughing out loud with empathy" (Star Magazine)

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From the hugely popular Times columnist, her Sunday Times bestselling debut novel about modern motherhood.

'Hilarious ... a literary phenomenon to rival Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's

Diary and Allison Pearson's I Don't Know How She Does It ... Plays with the

chaos and comedy of 30-something metropolitan maternity and brings it to an

unexpectedly moving conclusion.' - Anna Wintour, Vogue

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and I hate "chick lit" too! 20 Jun 2007
By Mel
I also bought this book on the basis of the Times column, despite not being a Mum myself and not liking chick-lit, but the column always makes me laugh and the book didn't disappoint either. It is laugh out loud funny and keeps you giggling thinking about some passages ages after. The characters are great, which is partly why it is so hard to put down. A fantastic beach read for the Summer, there's already a waiting list to borrow my copy!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brief Encounter for the 21st Century? 12 Mar 2007
Having enjoyed Fiona Neill's 'Slummy Mummy' column in The Times I was interested to see how she could sustain a whole novel.

By and large she succeeds, and has given us a delightful piece of 'chick lit' set in the school playgrounds and coffee shops of North London. All the characters from her column are on display here and she has taken time to expand on people and relationships where necessary.

The book centres around Lucy, Tom and their three alarmingly likable boys, and the safe secure middle class existence that must have an Aga at the heart of it! However, throw in Lucy's unmarried girlfriends with their, oh so, exciting single sex lives, Tom's mother's last chance at happiness and Lucy's self doubt and you have a pretty good read. It is basically a series of comic instances held together by one or two ongoing threads that do culminate in a satisfying if predictable ending. It does feels episodic at times but that is only to be expected from a novel that grew from a weekly item in a newspaper.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and there were one or two passages about childhood and relationships that actually made me stop and think and realise that Fiona Neill has the potential to write beyond 'chick lit'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 8 Nov 2011
By Arkle
Having read and enjoyed "What the Nanny Saw" I bought this book. It was very disappointing and not in the same league as the former. I did not even finish it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book - bad ending 18 Mar 2008
I enjoyed this well written and funny book until the last 50 pages which were dreadful. It felt like the author was trying to tie up all the loose ends at once with a farsical scene that I honestly thought was a dream that Lucy was going to wake up from! It had a rushed and unconvincing conclusion which was a shame. "Notting Hell" by Rachel Johnson is far better.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! 12 Mar 2007
This book really made me laugh. There was one bit which led to me crying with laughter but I won't give it away. I identified so much with the chaos of everyday life, and in the case of the main character looking for something (or someone) else to liven up the domesticity. If I was to come up with a flaw I would say the ending is slightly contrived but I think because it's so unlikely and very funny it works. Read this if you love being a mum but you still end up with a washing pile that reaches to the ceiling on a regular basis.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars is this my life? 2 Dec 2013
By neutro
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I used to read her column in the Times, but when I became a mother myself I found out she had written a book. I was still trying to grasp the ropes of motherhood at the time, with all the expectations, and everything that comes with modern day parenting....and this funny book opened my eyes to this whole new universe of yummy, alpha, slummy and all other mummies....I have since bought it for all my friends who are having a topsy turvy time with motherhood. It just gives you a funny perspective!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buy a different book! 5 Jan 2013
I agree with the other negative reviews of this book. The dialogue was very difficult to follow. I could not be bothered what happened to any of the characters and found myself skipping through to the end but not really bothered if anything transpired with SDD anyway! The end was rushed and so absurd. Don't waste your money on this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a struggle to keep reading 10 May 2010
Luckily I bought this 2nd hand.

It's not often I don't finish a book, but I am beginning to wonder on this one. I was looking for something light and easy going that I might be able to relate to (being in that full time mother place for the moment). The trouble is, half way through the book I just don't care about the 'heroine', I am not interested in what she'll do next and turning the pages is becoming a real chore. I am an avid reader but this just isn't worth my time.

To be fair, there are a few very funny, spot on observations but no where near enough to make into a good read.

Any comparison with Bridget Jones is totally unjustified.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite funny
Yes definitely agree - good book - bad ending. I enjoyed this - found it well written and funny. The characters are a bit ridiculous and totally over-stretched parodies but... Read more
Published 3 months ago by 2swedes
2.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings.....
This book definitely had some funny and interesting moments but those moments were strung together with a lot of whining and rambling. Read more
Published 11 months ago by M
2.0 out of 5 stars Funny moments but disappointing compared to the column
The long running Slummy Mummy column in the Saturday Times Magazine always makes me laugh, so when I saw this I thought I'd give it a go. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Georgiana89
5.0 out of 5 stars Literate Chicklit
Well there are a few one and two star reviews complaining that the descriptions are too long, the vocabulary too hard, and the author expects an unreasonable level of general... Read more
Published 24 months ago by GM12
1.0 out of 5 stars Just Awful
This book was not what I was expecting. Was thoroughly bored whilst reading it and had no interest in any of the characters. Really disppointed that I bought it.
Published on 11 Jan 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty, profound, and intelligent - not formula chicklit.
I am a regular reader of The Times 'Slummy Mummy' column which always managed to make me smile. I did wonder whether the novel would live up to the same standard and it does, and... Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2011 by Angel Trivia
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Disappointed
I was pretty disappointed with this book I hate to say. I know with some books you don't get to that 'can't put it down' stage until well into the book but I never felt that way... Read more
Published on 9 Oct 2011 by Louise
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth reading - The cover is misleading!
They say dont judge a book by its cover - and it couldnt apply more for this book. Sadly it is not hilarious as the cover promises. Read more
Published on 10 July 2011 by Mavie
1.0 out of 5 stars I really wouldn't bother
I like chick-lit, but this book brings the genre down. It is vapid, totally lacking in style, originality or humour. Read more
Published on 24 May 2011 by Mojo
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
I couldn't finish it. Without doubt the worst chicklit book I've ever read - and the only one I couldn't finish.
Published on 1 Mar 2011 by Janie
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