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Diary of a Mummy Misfit [Kindle Edition]

Amanda Egan
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ever felt like you don't belong?

When Libby Marchant and husband Ned made the monumental decision to sacrifice luxuries and holidays to see their only son Max through private education, they hadn’t expected to meet so many unsavoury and dislikeable personalities along the way.

Happily, the cruel jibes of the pompous ‘Meemies’ are made more tolerable by the lasting and loyal friendship they strike up with the affluent Fenella & Josh.

Follow Libby’s journey as she discovers the chasm between the Haves and the Have-Nots in her mad new world of school committees, designer handbags, bitching and botox.

With Fenella by her side, Libby is able to maintain her sanity. But what happens when the credit crunch bites, you’re desperate for another baby and your Asian neighbour is trying to match-make you with her infatuated son?

Product Details

  • File Size: 641 KB
  • Print Length: 355 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0053UNS60
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,175 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating page turner! June 30, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Congratulations to the author on writing the first book in a long time that I was hesitant to put down (although unfortunately my Mummy Misfit life required that I sneak bits in here and there whenever I could). Diary of a Mummy Misfit is a `must read' book that draws you in by it's colourful characters and entertaining scenarios. This is a story that on more than one occasion had me likening particular events to my own life. The characters are relatable and you will often feel yourself getting caught up in the emotions that they are experiencing - be it anxiety, fear, joy or relief. Reading this book on a Kindle meant that I never really knew how many pages I had left in the book and whilst I wanted to read ahead and find the resolution to each hilarious issue that Libby encountered, I didn't want to reach the end of the book. I quickly felt enveloped into Libby's misfit life and have often found myself wondering what she is up to now. I can highly recommend this book as an entertaining and captivating read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The crazy world of British Private Education June 5, 2011
By Mike
Format:Kindle Edition
I came to this after enjoying the frantic "May contain nuts" by John O'Farrell. I polished this off during a pleasant flight to the Sun - Thank you my lovely little Kindle!

Diary of a Misfit Mummy is a much more anchored, realistic tale of life amongst the Battersea / Fulham set. Lot's of modern cameos - someone will have fun putting this on the screen - all the usual Mumsnet suspects : LK Bennett, Guardian readers, Bankers, Ac-tors, Cath Kidston, Alpha Mummies, Range Rover drivers. Those irreproachably, irredeemably middle class "Social Stereotypes" from the Telegraph.

As a book, it certainly makes you think - why have literally millions given up on Blair's Bog Standard State Schools and Academies in London? Why are more nearly a fifth of all Six formers in Private Education? And what is it about affluence that makes people even more insecure?

Curious that it's only on Kindle - you'd think it would have been a Blog which turned into a Paperback. Maybe there's a "Julie and Julia" style blog somewhere that I don't know about.

Going back to John O"Farrell's book - "May contain Nuts" was an amusing read, and an entertaining TV play, but would have been better without the exam substitution and ultimate conclusion.

Diary of a Misfit Mummy is the better book -realistic characters, and better social commentary on those terrifying Schoolgate Mothers. Could have done with some more polishing - think of it as the Yummy Mummy's version of the "Manchild" BBC TV series, but I enjoyed it, and I'm looking forward to Amanda Egan's next book.

Conclusion: Ideal holiday or commuter read - for Mumsnet Alpha Mummies and their, almost, patient husbands.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a truly great little book! June 17, 2011
By Ingram
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As refreshing as Pimms on a summer picnic;
as sparkling as champagne on a first date;
as warm as cognac on a winters evening;
with as smooth a finish as a fine white.
And all for the price of a half-decent pint!
What a great read!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Diary of a Mummy Misfit (Kindle Edition) August 14, 2011
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As a male reader there were two issues that I had to deal with in my own mind before deciding that I would read 'Diary of a Mummy Misfit'. The first was that I am not an avid reader and that a 'diary' is certainly not my preferred genre. Secondly,I supposed that this would be a better 'chic' read than one for the male folks. Having read the diary I think my supposition had substance. However, through the urging of family members, I decided to 'give it a go'!
Without going into the details of the story, only because I believe that others should read it for themselves, I must say that the book was cleverly written. By reading it at a number of sittings in front of the computer, I was able to 'pick up' the threads of the story without having to remember what 'went on before' and losing the plot.
Guys, if your mothers, sisters, wives, girlfriends or partners access this book, have a read - you'll be surprised by the laughs you'll get and you may even find you can relate to the male characters, not the least of which being the husband, Ned.
There is one aspect of the story that amazes me, and that is that no-one died of alcoholic poisoning!
Congratulations, Amanda!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT September 22, 2012
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This is my first book review ( have thought about others) but this book needs
the recommendation.
I bought this book to read on a flight to Hawaii ( 10 hours )
Started it just before I left, and couldn't put it down.
I cant remember the last time I have laughed out loud when reading a book.
I may have chuckled in others, but not laughed.
I just loved all the characters ( the good and the bad)
So as this is my first book review I will leave you with
I downloaded the sequel as soon as I finished.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughs mixed in with real life pen portraits! June 13, 2011
By Jane
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I loved "Diary of a Mummy Misfit" and read it practically in one sitting. I was completely transported into Libby's world - the worries of not fitting in; trying to work out who are the real people and who are the fakes; watching the people around tackle with their own life journeys. The organising of the Christmas fete and associated commands from those on high brought back memories of being involved in committees with useless figureheads. I felt Libby's pain and Fenella's rage!

Amanda accurately creates the world of private education where the "haves" often consider everyone else to be beneath them and the "have nots", who more often than not are just like us - normal people tackling real world challenges. Yes money does make life a lot easier, but most of us are making ends meet on average incomes and struggling to fit in and look right. (Even if we deny it).

Being a complete chick lit addict I can't wait for Amanda's next book! BTW I'm not a mum so will never get to experience the wait at the gate or the boring social evenings. Can't say I'm too upset about that based on "Diary of a Mummy Misfit"!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Really funny!
Witty story about a family who tries to make ends meet after sending their son to a board school. The protagonist is a nice woman, who could easily be you or your friend - devoted... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Daria
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit cheesy...
I waffles between two and three stars but decided on three because I did finish the whole book. It was an easy read, and the characters were likeable. Read more
Published 3 months ago by midwestern momma
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read
Cute diary of Libby, an insecure English woman who is trying to do the best for her family. Libby and her best bud, Fenella are constantly in over their heads as they negotiate... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Anna Zucker
4.0 out of 5 stars cute
As a mother of three children I could totally relate to most of her adventures. This was a nice quick summer read.
Published 4 months ago by beth s. cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't stop reading
Written in diary style. Peak into the mind of the ordinary mummy who will do anything to keep her little boy in prep school. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Cecilia
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious light reading
This will definitely hit the mark for any mummy (or American mommy). This is a fun romp through a year of a lovely mother of one as she turns forty, enters her child in private... Read more
Published 5 months ago by C. A. Bunde
4.0 out of 5 stars cute, easy read
I enjoyed the humor and way that the book was written.
Diary format made it easy to follow. Fun summer read.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Just wasn't my thing
I tried this book for free. It looked fun and then I ended up not enjoying the story line. I did not hate it, but did delete it.
Published 6 months ago by Alfred D. Wallace
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for the beach
Witty and just enough tongue in cheek humor. It's a very quick and enjoyable read, perfect for summertime beach reading.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars mummy misfit
Fun, seemingly realistic (bit out of my realm of experience, but the "voices" felt real enough), and to top it off, free! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Breezymiss
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More About the Author

Born and bred in London, Amanda trained professionally as an actress and is now a humorously perceptive chick/mummy-lit writer.

A voracious reader of the genre herself, she began focusing on her writing soon after her son developed school phobia age 11 and she had to physically remain in the background at his school for nearly three years until he regained his confidence. Much reading, observing and writing ensued from her confined quarters in the school car park.

The resulting debut novel, 'Diary of a Mummy Misfit', was a tongue-in-cheek look at the easily recognised types of self-obsessed mums you can find at prep school gates the world over - "the Meemies" - and follows the journey of Libby, an ordinary mum who discovers the chasm between the Haves and the Have-nots. 'The Darker Side of Mummy Misfit' followed and in 2012 she ventured into romcoms. Her latest novel, 'The All or Nothing Girl', is out now.

Amanda has also written two Christmas novellas, 'Christmas Deliverance' (2012) and 'Cinderella's Buttons' (2013).

Follow Amanda's news and discussions with her readers on Facebook page "Mummy Misfit - Amanda Egan", her blog "Diary of a Mummy Misfit Blog" or follow @Mummy_Misfit on Twitter.

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