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The Mummy Diaries: Or How to Lose Your Husband, Children and Dog in Twelve Months Paperback – 1 Sep 2005

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (1 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141020598
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141020594
  • Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 0.1 x 0.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By A Customer on 30 Sept. 2005
Format: Paperback
I like other readers was drawn in by the cover and the blurb on the back. What a mistake, this book was very dull. It has occasional and I emphasise the occasional funny moments but on the whole is nothing more than a newspaper column strung together. The other annoying thing is that I wasted £4 when it only took me an hour to read. The text is the size of a childs first reading book. If you feel really compelled to read this for whatever reason don't buy it, borrow it from a friend or the library and invest your money in something that will last you longer than you're train ride to work.
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As a recent mother myself I thought this might be a humorous take on what is an incredibly hard job. How wrong could I be? It is taking considerable force of will not to swear when I refer to the ****ing irritating section on "finding an au pair", the ****ing annoying chapter where she's upset because her au pair and cleaner are on holiday and how ****ing irritating it is that no-one else sees walking her dog has a job rather than her leisure time.

Woe is ****ing me.

If I could give this woman a slap I frankly would and I'm not a violent person.
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By A Customer on 3 Feb. 2005
Format: Hardcover
As an avid 'chick-Lit' reader and also a new mother, I thought this book would be 'right up my street', so to speak.After reading positive reviews about the book, I gleefully began to read with much anticipation, awaiting the hilarious tales and clever observations it was supposed to contain. All that I can say is that I was sorely disappointed. Throughout, I spent the whole time waiting for something to happen, and nothing did! I found the anecdotes dull and unimaginative; a run-of-the-mill catalogue of events, written with no verve or skill. If readers are after wit and clever observations then I suggest they give this book a miss and try the following authors instead: India Knight, Wendy Holden and Rafaella Barker.
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I only gave this book one star because it wouldn't let me submit it with no stars.
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.
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Awful! I didn't even manage to finish this despite the fact that it was a relatively short book. The main character (who apparently is a real person?) had such a shallow and sheltered life that I don't know how her publisher expected the average woman to relate to her. If my memory is correct, there was a whole chapter in this book about how the woman felt bad for get her cat neutered, because it meant that the cat could never experience the joy of having babies. Uh, yeah... The rest of it was all about nannies and elaborate kids birthday parties and ponies, none of which I expect to encounter in my life. I'm sure the niche market of Notting Hill mummies enjoyed this book but it did nothing for me.
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Diary of a Somebody for the 21st Century. I confidently predict that Rachel Johnson's The Mummy Diaries will be a top-selling Christmas gift and stocking-filler among the British at home and abroad.
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.
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