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Samantha Smythe's Modern Family Journal Paperback – 27 Mar 2008

3.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (27 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141027290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141027296
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,023,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A lightly amusing chick lit number about the trials of mummyhood (Tatler )

About the Author

Lucy Cavendish has spent most of her life working in journalism for the Evening Standard, the Sunday Telegraph, the Observer and the Guardian. She lives in Oxfordshire with her husband Michael and their four children. This is her first novel.


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Format: Paperback
This is one of the most beautifully written, poignant, and hilarious and heart warming books that I have read in a long time. I was given the book as a present and as someone who always prefers fact over fiction, I didn't read it immediately. However, when I did, it was a case of once picked up it was impossible to put down. By the end of the book, I felt that Samantha was my best friend -I had really got to know her and love her and her fantastic but totally chaotic children and her equally chaotic life. I also wanted to give her husband John the second a big hug for being so kind and understanding in the face of her devious and manipulative first husband (John the first). However, as someone who does not like superficial reads, what really made the book stand out for me was its depth. It is not one of those typical frivolous reads without substance that you become bored with after just 30 minutes. How Lucy Cavendish sets each scene, her oh so true to life descriptions of family situations and her ability to allow each character to unravel and develop is nothing short of brilliant. I honestly lost track of the number of times that I laughed out loud and I felt quite sad to be nearing the end of the book. Definitely worth five stars!
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There must be few people who have anything to do with young children who wouldn't connect with this tale of a young family. I found it hilarious and laughed out loud on many occasions. Especially two-year old Bennie treating rather staid and conservative Laura to his 'remarkable and totally unique bottom dance', Priceless! It is a slim book of less than 300 pages and shows that if children are loved they will survive any mishap. Young children are hard work and one needs a sense of humour - this will restore yours! I came to the end of it reluctantly and shall miss Edward, Bennie and Jamie.
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I found this book utterly tiresome and tedious, both the thinly drawn 'plot' - ok it seems to be an embellished version of the author's life, but that doesn't make it interesting - and the endless lengthy list-type sections about the hell of living with three young children and their food, laundry, sleeping habits etc.

I suppose it might be a reassuring and affirming read for someone who is in the throes of this stage of life, but I am astonished that people without children have found it entertaining. My conclusion was that it should be required reading for those contemplating having children (especially more than two) as it would prove an extremely effective form of contraception. It graphically illustrates the relentless mix of exhaustion, tedium and chaos that this lifestyle entails and would I think effectively ameliorate the population problem, at least among English middle-class families.
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