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Diary of an Unsmug Married by [James, Polly]
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3.8 out of 5 stars 85 customer reviews

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“Having read some of the Adrian Mole diaries I think that the comparison is completely justified and Polly James definitely shares some of the characteristics of Sue Townsend’s brilliant writing… Polly James is definitely a writer to look out for…"
chicklitreviewsandnews.com

“I liked Molly a lot, she is someone I could share a glass of wine with”
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“Having been a huge Bridget Jones Fan, I thought this was a great look as to what happens on the other side – the married side…"
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“…a very funny, light-hearted book which will definitely give you a few laughs. Okay, scratch that. Barrels of laughs"
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“one to pack to read at the side of the pool this summer”
Peter Black, Commissioner of the Welsh Assembly

“a very funny look at politics from an often-overlooked point of view”
Adrian Masters, Political Editor, ITV Wales

“I hope there is going to be a sequel!”
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“For a frank, honest belly laughing book with a heart. Diary of an Unsmug Married is absolutely perfect”
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“Have you ever wondered what would have happened to Bridget Jones, if she married the love of her life, Mark Darcy? Settled down, had a couple of kids? Wonder no longer. Read Diary of an Unsmug Married”
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“laugh-out-loud funny”
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‘It made me giggle and it made me think’
Daily Mail

‘I can’t put it down’
Marika Cobbold

About the Author

Polly James was born in Wales, but now lives in East Anglia, which she finds unnervingly flat, and chock-full of writers.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1805 KB
  • Print Length: 545 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (13 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EN5LF20
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 85 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,557 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Readers of a certain age will recognised the term 'smug married'; invented by the one and only Bridget Jones in her own famous diary.

Molly Bennett is far from smug, she is most definitely unsmug. Molly's diary details her everyday life and focusses mainly on her family and work. Family is husband Max who seems to be a little preoccupied with working out and catching the eye of their new (attractive) neighbour. Molly also has to share her home with two teenagers who can't really stand each other, and their antics are where most of the laughs come from.

Molly works for her local MP, in his constituency office, he's a bit of an idiot and Molly really hates her job.

Molly has just celebrated a 'landmark' birthday, and to be honest she feels like life is just coming apart, and then she receives some messages on Facebook, and then she starts to consider ..

The Diary of an Unsmug Married is a fairly quick and very easy read, despite it's length. Molly is one of those women who make the rest of us feel OK, or smug about ourselves! I enjoyed reading about her home and family, especially some of the children's antics, but really couldn't connect with the stories about life at the office. Molly works for a politician, so it's natural that the book centres heavily on political issues, and although there is a lightness to this aspect of the diary, I began to lose interest very quickly in those parts and much preferred the time spent with the family.

Without the politics, I would have loved this book, but the details of Molly's work and 'The Boss' just annoyed me after a while, so although I do think this is a light-hearted, genuinely funny book, I can't say that I loved it.

I do like the diary style that it's written in though.
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Anyone watching the recent antics of the awful disgraced culture minister Maria Miller will appreciate that there are few things more funny in this country than politicians. If you find politics amusing, then this book is for you. I love observational comedy writing like this - especially when it's about women of a certain age: I can identify with the 'heroine' so well. It's funny, clever, wicked but with a warm human touch. The diary of this unsmug middle aged woman will find resonance with readers of all ages and elicit an 'ah, it's not just me then' response as she deals with ageing, children, work, husbands and life in general. She's charmingly honest and even though seems about to make a daft decision regarding her marriage I still couldn't help keep rooting for her.

It's also the kind of story that would lend itself to being adapted for television. Aspects of it reminded me of the sentiments and issues raised in the classic "Ever Decreasing Circles" by the late Bob Larbery. Finally, Ignore the silly chick-lit cover (what ever were the publishers thinking) this is a great read and I look forward to a sequel, ideally with more politics please.
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I had no idea what to expect when this popped up on a kindle deal. The diary of a senior caseworker from the Labour party in 2010 wasn't the first thing that sprung to my mind. It's funny and complicated and no one ends up quite where you expected.
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Molly is what Bridget Jones would term "a smug married". But why doesn't she feel like it? Married to Max, and mother to two teenagers, Josh and Connie, Molly is not feeling particularly satisfied in life. Is it because of her thankless job working for a local MP? It is because Max is paying less attention to her, and more to his "business trips" and their attractive neighbour, Ellen? In order to bring some spice into her life, Molly signs up to Facebook. After receiving a message from an old school friend, Johnny, things start to get quite interesting...

This book took quite a while to get going, but once it did, I really enjoyed it. It was perhaps a bit too political for my tastes, as it starts just after the general election in 2010, and as Molly works for a local MP, politics are mentioned quite a lot. However, this does make for some of the more humourous aspects of the book, as we come across some of the constituents who bombard Molly with their problems. These include being unable to return something to Primark, which makes for amusing reading. Other characters enjoyed reading about were Molly's children, Connie and Josh. Josh in particular was an excellent character. Some of the funniest moments in the book involved him. Others involved Molly's Dad, and his exploits. I would have loved to have read more about that. I quite enjoyed reading the developments between Molly and Johnny and Max and Ellen, and the misunderstandings and mishaps that entailed. I had a couple of problems with this book though. I felt like Max was written in a bit of an unflattering light, which was a bit unfair. I also felt a bit like we didn't really get to know Molly or Max very well, which was a shame. I didn't like the character of Johnny either.
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Firstly Molly is a great character, easy to relate to and I think every woman of a certain age can relate to at least some of her diary entries.
I really liked the format of the book, written as a diary, however what I did not enjoy was some entries about her job. There was a little too much information around trivial events and too many Unnecessary characters, which did not enhance the story for me.
Some situations I found Unrealistic in the life of Molly.
Johnny - the oil baron was not a character I liked & wanted to skip these pages.
Some of this story is very far fetched and did not seem to flow, but parts were easy to relate to, fun and interesting.
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