Slummy Mummy

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A smart, laugh-out-loud debut novel about a deeply flawed but endearing stay-at-home mom, a book for anyone who took Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones to heart a decade ago-and now has kids.

Lucy Sweeney has three sons, a husband on a short fuse, and a tendency toward domestic disaster. It has been years since the dirty laundry pile was less than three feet high, months since she remembered to have sex, and weeks since her toddler started using the trash can as a toilet. Lucy is ...

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Overview

A smart, laugh-out-loud debut novel about a deeply flawed but endearing stay-at-home mom, a book for anyone who took Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones to heart a decade ago-and now has kids.

Lucy Sweeney has three sons, a husband on a short fuse, and a tendency toward domestic disaster. It has been years since the dirty laundry pile was less than three feet high, months since she remembered to have sex, and weeks since her toddler started using the trash can as a toilet. Lucy is living in a constant state of emergency, caught between perfectionist Yummy Mummy No. 1 and competitive Alpha Mum, making it hard for her to remember exactly why she exchanged her career and sanity for less than blissful domesticity. When she begins a flirtation with Sexy Domesticated Dad, a father from the school car-pool lane, the string of white lies to cover up the trail of chaos and illicit desire starts to unravel and disaster looms.

Slummy Mummy is a hilarious novel about the dilemmas of modern marriage and motherhood for those who never discovered their inner domestic goddess. Pitch-perfect and satisfyingly smart, it does for the stay-at-home mother what Allison Pearson's blockbuster bestseller I Don't Know How She Does It did for the working mom: It offers a lovable, flawed character who resonates, entertains, and undoubtedly has it worse than you do.
 

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Editorial Reviews

Anna Wintour
Plays with the chaos and comedy of 30-something metropolitan maternity and brings it to an unexpectedly moving conclusion.
Vogue
Washington Post
Neill bucks the chick-lit trend with prose that's clever and endearing, and frazzled parents will love the way she nails the sticky, hair-pulling mania of domestic life.
Boston Globe
A deftly executed domestic comedy.
Times (London)
Several cuts above the rest...witty, observant and supremely intelligent.
Publishers Weekly

Neill's humorous novel about a hopelessly disorganized mother constantly getting herself into scrapes would have benefited from abridgment. While talented narrator Kellgren ably conveys Lucy's likability and expertly creates distinctive voices for the other characters, the novel's many similar incidents blur. Lucy constantly finds herself in embarrassingly public situations (her toddler son pees on the leg of a famous actor; she uses a credit card she's reported lost and must deal with the police; she ducks down in her car to avoid being seen by someone and a crowd gathers to find out who abandoned their children in a car). After a while, the repetitive incidents become predictable, and the audiobook's pace becomes tedious. Only on the final disc does the story pick up again, with a hilariously farcical climax that throws all the characters and subplots together. The characters are likable and the story is amusing, but judicious abridging would have made for a brisker, funnier listen. Simultaneous release with the Riverhead hardcover (Reviews, April 23). (July)

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Kirkus Reviews
Bored North London housewife uses flirtation and alcohol to liven things up, in U.K. journalist Neill's debut. Lucy Sweeney is in a rut. Staying home to care for her three young boys has all but sucked the life out of the once-creative television producer. To keep things interesting, Lucy maintains a constant level of chaos in her home. School projects are slapped together at the last moment, laundry piles up for months and pet hamsters run wild. In addition to horrid housekeeping skills, Lucy also maintains £10,000 of credit card debt and has a tenuous relationship with her oft-traveling husband. Rather than set her life in order, Lucy gets overly involved in school politics to battle the monotony of school runs and soiled nappies. Playground politics offer Lucy plenty of opportunity to land herself in more trouble. She harbors two crushes: one on a man referred to as "Sexy Domesticated Dad" and the other on the impeccably dressed and impossibly slim mother of four (aka Yummy Mummy No. 1). The girl-crush is relatively harmless; Lucy is jealous of Yummy Mummy's ability to be prompt and properly accessorized at all times. As far as the Sexy Domesticated Dad, her interest is potentially hazardous and purely sexual. SDD reciprocates her feelings, and an affair becomes a very real possibility. Things in Lucy's world are ready to implode as she endures a classic midlife crisis. In an effort to maintain her sanity and connection to the "real" world, Lucy sneaks off for drinks with her single girlfriends. But her single pals only serve to further complicate Lucy's messy affairs. She can't resist meddling in the love lives of others. Neill is a sound writer adroitly producing spot-on dialog and afew hilarious moments of Mummy-mayhem. But while she attempts fresh twists, readers will eventually suffer from disappointment by the too-familiar plot. From the maternal self-doubt to the spoiled supporting characters, everything feels mass-manufactured.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594483127
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Fiona Neill is a novelist and a journalist. She is the author of the novels Slummy Mummy, based on her hugely popular column in the London Times a Sunday Times bestseller that sold in twenty-five countries, and What the Nanny Saw . Neill lives in North London with her husband and three children.

Fiona Neill is a features writer for the London Times Magazine, where her weekly “Slummy Mummy” column appears. She lives in North London with her husband and their three children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2010

    Quick read

    I finished this book surprisingly fast. The majority of the time I wasn't laughing at or with Lucy. I found myself feeling bad for her, or wanting to slap her & tell her to act appropriately. Why make up a story about possibly needing a new car battery when you know, & it's easy for others to find out, you just need to put gas in the tank? It doesn't make sense; it's like a child making up excuses because they're too young to know any better. I found myself caring more about the other characters than Lucy. It had a very frustrating non-ending. Regardless, I enjoyed the book & thought it was an interesting story line.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2010

    C+ Quality Chick Lit

    What is about British Chick Lit books that insist on portraying women as disorganized, fashion-obsessed, financially irresponsible, sex-craving ditzes? At least some of the genre are funny, say Sophie Kinsella's work (until her shopping theme wears itself out after a couple of books). This one was not particularly funny or otherwise engaging.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    thuis book is laugh out loud "FUNNY" a great feel good book.

    I borrowed this book from a friend a few years ago and laughed out loud at parts of this book. There are a few words you may not "get" being its a "british Author" but still extrememly funny! It's a book all moms can relate too! I just bought it for myself to have my own copy and I bought it for a valentines gift for a girlfriend. It's a great book to just unwind with, so many books are very deep with a thick plot, this book is just a "FEEL GOOD BOOK"! you can not walk away from this book with out a smile on your face. Just be careful where you read it you may end up embarrassing yourself when you laugh out loud.

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  • Posted August 20, 2009

    Hysterical

    Maybe it's because I can relate to Lucy all too well, but I found this book to be highly entertaining. Although many of her "mishaps" were a bit exagerrated for effect, they were totally relatable. I wasn't sure what I would think of a British take on stay-at-home mommy life going into the read. I was pleasantly surprised and thoroughly amused with Fiona Neill's style and characters. My only minor disppointment was the final scene, which was really a bit too over the top. All-in-all, a great read for those of us who used to have a "real life" before mommying took over.

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  • Posted August 18, 2009

    The writer has several offbeat and weird life experiences that explains how choatic motherhood remains to be for this mother.

    I don't relate with the character much on her unorganized life style, but I laughted about her strange and unprepared experiences. I felt some of the story line did ramble on and left me feeling less on detail would have been better. So if you figure out who the famous actor the character talks about in the book, please tell. That was a thrill!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2009

    Totally Funny

    This was a very cute book. The characters are entertaining and funny. I would definately recommend it for a good laugh

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2009

    Enjoyable

    Nice entertaining book.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

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    Funny Mummy

    Loved the book, I could laugh at myself as well. Great escape for Moms with kids!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2008

    Surprised by the hype

    Although this book was very funny in parts, it also dragged on with too much detail in others. I couldn't ever get a clear picture of who the main character was, what she looked like, etc, whic made it hard for me to connect with her. A nice beach read, but definitely not one I would reread.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2007

    A must for all

    Wether youre a 'mummy' yourself and can relate to the story as if written about your own life, or just want to gain some insight into this 'married with children' world, This book will amaze and amuze you with every page! Simply hilarious and so true!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    After giving birth, Lucy Sweeney quits her job as a TV news producer to stay home to raise their child Sam. Her anally oriented ¿Husband on a Short Fuse¿ Tom supports her decision to be a stay at home mommy.--------------- When Lucy made that decision nine years ago with the support of Tom, she did not have all the facts as the family oriented crowd glamorize raising a kid with a stay at home mummy make that mommy. She was unprepared for the chaos and the mess as no process she undertakes meets the mommy standard operating procedure metrics when it comes to her infant timing or when it comes to her infant eating and excrement tendencies. Once Sam was in school she thought she could regain part of her lost life, but his timing and his eating and excrement habits are still atrocious and she remains the centerfold for chaos theory. Now she also wonders about her two best friends one is seeing a married man with four children while the other is balancing two hunks. Meanwhile as her spouse avoids domestic non-tranquility, she considers respites with the domesticated dad next door. -------------------- SLUMMY MUMMY is a funny anecdotal look at motherhood starring a beleaguered person who believes she is a prisoner of war. Lucy¿s humorous observations will have readers agreeing with her. However, at times she flashes back to those first volunteer days of yore when she gave up being Lucy Sweeney to become a mummy mommy held hostage by a preadolescent this can prove disjointing yet the audience will appreciate this zany look at Dads and Moms.----------------- Harriet Klausner

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