The Mummy Diaries: Or How to Lose Your Husband, Children and Dog in Twelve Months Paperback – 1 Sep 2005
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'This compendium of Daily telegraph columns about the trials and trip-ups of Notting Hill motherhood is breezily enjoyable.' -- The Evening Standard 19 September, 2005
'Very,very funny...you get the distinct impression Johnson is making up his whole wife/mother thing as she goes along.' -- Heat
About the Author
Rachel Johnson writes for among others The Daily Telegraph, The Spectator and the Evening Standard: she is married with three children and lives in Notting Hill Gate.
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Top Customer Reviews
Woe is ****ing me.
If I could give this woman a slap I frankly would and I'm not a violent person.
I bought this book because the cover looked interesting, and the blurb on the back made me think it'd be a good, funny book.
However after the first chapter I was beginning to wish I'd picked something else. It is written in diary format, with 12 chapters jan-dec. The story doesn't flow and I found myself having to re-read parts, and flicking back to previous chapters to remind myself who characters were, and what had been happening. The author has tried to make it humorous and it just hasn't worked. I managed 150 pages, but could not force myself to go on any more and read the remaining 110. A very disappointing read.
Rachel has an enchanting way with words, and puts her stories together with a sharp flair for the zeitgeist among the Notting Hill mob and their offspring.
Knowing Rachel makes her gift for transforming her own life into comic vignettes somehow all the more awesome. Penguin has just published in Viking Hardback an edited collection of the weekly Mummy Diaries she writes for The Daily Telegraph. They take us from January to December in Notting Hill, with incursions into deepest Somerset and a few trips abroad, and are a wickedly funny little read.
I should admit that I am the Brigid featured in the episode that takes place in Syria, when Rachel violently vomits all over a tour guide's shoes in a bus, and is told with grudging affection by her husband that, whatever the means, she always has to be the centre of attention (this is Rachel's favourite story). Having been a prime witness, I can testify to just how skilfully she transforms and illuminates life's humiliating episodes.
There are many very funny moments; among my favourites is her description of the friend who casts an eye on the latest entry in her visitors' book: "The parents has written only their names and a scrawled address, on the grounds that it is vulgar to comment, but the younger son was moved to add a personal reflection of his own: "Crap weekend", his entry ran."
Yes, the diaries are about a maddening generation of well-travelled London middle-class professionals with kids, au-pairs, nannies, costly schools, stringent diets and a string of etiquette rules.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good in parts but really quite silly. Only based on the life of a rich, spoiled 'mummy'.
I do not recommend it unless you are post-partum and still a bit mindless.
Based on the quotes on the cover, I thought this would be funny and a good read. Unfortunately not. There are some funny anecdotes but these are buried in pretentious ramblings. Read morePublished on 17 Jun. 2013 by Tiddly Pom
I love Rachel Johnsons books, not for their great literary merit, but for their ability to amuse and make me laugh. Read morePublished on 17 April 2012 by Betsyboo
My hubby bought me this during my first pregnancy and what a disapointment. The fact that Johnson lives an apparent life of privilege in Notting Hill means it's impossible to feel... Read morePublished on 25 April 2008 by EmmaD
I bought the Mummy Diaries on a friend's recommendation and think it's every bit as brilliant as she said it was... Read morePublished on 19 Sept. 2005 by Sara Crystal