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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (16 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099574594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099574590
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 324,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Funny and poignant, it's an enjoyable read many women will relate to." (Sun)

"Brilliantly funny. This book could spark a revolution!" (Fiona Gibson, author of MUM ON THE RUN)

"A book that is so NOW where many mums are trying to get their "me" back. I wanted to shout "Yes" at every page but I was too busy laughing and nodding my head in recognition. A must read for any mother going through the mumopause." (Claire Smith AKA Ministry of Mum)

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By realovesbooks TOP 500 REVIEWERTOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Jan. 2014
Format: Paperback
So far this year I seem to be reading authors who are new to me, I have read Nicholas Sparks, Louise Mensch, Koren Zailckas and now I have just finished a book by Laura Kemp. I loved the synopsis for Mums on Strike, it sounded like a fun and entertaining read that many women would relate to.

A crushed grape is what finally tips Lisa over the edge. She is fed up of being the only one to do the housework the dinner, taking care of the children as well as holding down a job and yet it seems to be a given that this is her job! Well she has had enough and is now going on strike and so now husband Adam is about to get a shock to the system.

All Lisa wants is for Adam to change his ways and help out with the day to day chores but he is reluctant to agree but soon things begin to get a little out of hand when other women hear what Lisa is doing. Will Lisa get Adam to agree to do half the chores?

There are going to be so many tired and stressful mums who are going to love this book and really relate to Lisa. I don’t have children but even I could relate to her as it is more to do with those pesky lazy husbands who we seem to love but hate! Running alongside Lisa’s story of woes is her best friend Cal and her troubles and also the lovely Mandy and the terrible time she is having with her Italian husband. Adam who is Lisa’s husband was a great character, like a lot of men he took his wife for granted but fair play to him he redeems himself in this book.

The storyline is an easy, light read that has some witty humour ( especially Lisa’s DIY!) but also touches upon some more serious issues. It took me no time at all to read this as it was an easy writing style and the book flowed well.
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Oh how I wish I was as gutsy as Lisa, a women who is experiencing what most of us working, juggling mums, and possibly dads, have to deal with and would possibly dream of doing. Lisa has finally had enough of being expected to work, run the house, organise the kids, the shopping and keep it all together. When her husband stands on a grape it's the final straw. Something has to change and she determined it will. It's easy to relate to all three leading characters in this book in many ways and I will definitely be reading this again.....and again....and again. A must read for anyone expected to do it all.
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Absolutely hilarious read, I laughed out loud as it is so true to life. I actually related to the characters so much that I was a bit disappointed there was no real national campaign to join. I was tempted to start my own but suspect it would cause too much grief single handedly to fight the cause alone!!!
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I tend to read more horror and Gore books but every so often I feel the need to read something completely different and this is just that. It's just a really nice feel good read and I will definitely be reading some more from this author.
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Lisa Stratton has been a mother for about six years and she could never have expected the big changes she would have to get used to after becoming a mum. Somehow, she has found herself in a marriage where it is solely her responsibility to keep the house clean, to make sure the kids get to and from birthday parties, and everyone has enough clean clothes to last them through the week. Before the arrival of the children, Lisa and her husband used to take it all on together, as a couple, and she sees no reason why it shouldn't go back to the way it was. So, Lisa decides there's only thing for her to do if she wants things to change: a strike.

Even though I'm not (yet) a mum myself, I always love reading novels about motherhood and the challenges that come with it. `Mums on Strike' has an original idea at its core which I thoroughly enjoyed; you often hear about mums who feel there is still a rather old-fashioned idea out there in the world that it is the woman who has to do the ironing and keeping the house clean, instead of this being a team-effort. Laura Kemp used this idea and managed to turn it into a funny and captivating read that focuses on a mum going on strike and forcing her husband to rethink the task division in their home, including the troubles and difficult moments that come with this decision.

Lisa is a lovely heroine and a true example to many female readers, I think. She is strong, ambitious (I really liked how she wants to be a great mother and a wonderful wife, but also an independent woman who has her own dreams and ambitions) and she stands up for her beliefs. Laura Kemp shows both sides of Lisa's strike; the pro's and con's and how it influences everyone around her, including her young children, which is part of what makes this novel good. `Mums on Strike' is an entertaining, funny and feminist read and I wouldn't be surprised if this will put ideas in the heads of wives and mothers all around the world!
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Funny, insightful book about being a mum, female friendships and juggling work and family. It captures brilliantly the strain and chaos of having young children and trying to maintain a relationship and job. Had me laughing constantly but also many touching moments. Well worth reading.
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Read this book quickly, was okay but didn't really 'feel' the characters.
Contained some sentiments any 'Mum' could relate to regarding being taken for granted and bearing overall responsibility for mountain of daily household tasks but overall certainly didn't absorb me as other books do.
At price paid was disappointing.
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