"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 fiction...an intelligent and funny look at modern parenting" Eve "This will have you laughing out loud with empathy" Star Magazine
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
From the Back Cover
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...
'Witty, observant and supremely intelligent' The Times
'If you're struggling to find your own inner yummy mummy, this is for you' Woman
'There is something of Bridget Jones's hopeless-but-adorable quality about Lucy...' Daily Telegraph
'Perfect for failed domestic goddesses everywhere' heat
'Intelligent and funny' Eve
About the Author
Fiona Neill is a features writer for The Times Magazine and author and creator of its hugely popular 'Slummy Mummy' column. After working abroad for six years, as a foreign correspondent in Latin America, she returned to the UK to become assistant editor at Marie Claire and then The Times Magazine. Brought up in Norfolk, she now lives in London with her husband and three children.