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London-based journalist Williams writes for In Style, and her debut novel features flawlessly chic celebrity moms who go deep into Gwennie-and-Apple competitive territory. Thirty-one-year-old Amy Crane, six months postpartum, is stuck between two groups of mommy friends. On one side are the women from her childbirth class, dedicated mothers whose chubby figures and comfy clothes declare, "We now put someone else's needs before our vanity." On the other side is Amy's new friend Alice, a so-called "yummy mummy," who, with her similarly slim and elegant West London friends, takes Amy on as her newest project. Soon, Amy is caught up in a whirlwind of designer shoes, fad diets, Pilates classes (complete with a troublingly handsome instructor) and Botox injections, all of which alienate Joe, her longtime boyfriend and the father of her daughter. Amy's misadventures are, for the most part, endearing, and her comic attempts to regain her pre-pregnancy lifestyle stay just this side of satire. Williams weighs in on nearly every maternal controversy (from extended breastfeeding to the return to paid employment), further prolonging Amy's inevitable decision as to the kind of mummy she wants to be. Fortunately, Williams's wit and Amy's appealing foibles will make readers stick around for her occasionally laborious journey. (Jan.)
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"This peek at the contradictory heart of modern mothering is clever, funny and very true." -- In Style UK

"Witty, moving, beautifully written." -- Wendy Holden, author of Bad Heir Day --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; Reprint edition (May 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401309321
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401309329
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,765,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sherri Caldwell - The Rebel Housewife(tm) on February 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
"Nothing shakes one out of a shoe-centered singleton apolitical existence quite like a baby..."

So laments Amy Crane, our main character and a newly-mummified singleton (living with the father of her 6-month-old baby, Evie, but not yet committed to marriage), formerly a fashion- and career-obsessed girl-about-London. Vaguely Bridget Jones, post-baby? Maybe a little, but The Yummy Mummy is definitely a more satisfying, deeply-layered, grown-up tale, about finding one's place in the universe as a mother; reconciling relationships with self, post-baby body, the father of the baby, and, in Amy's case, her mother and family history of abandonment and divorce.

The writing is clever, with humor and angst to which any mother can relate. Readers will appreciate all the familiar events, phases, situations, innermost thoughts, feelings and insecurities as Amy evolves from New Mummy to Yummy Mummy...

"Do these women not work? Evidently not. There is no sign of any tailored office clothes. No, these women are either full-time yummies or, like me, on maternity leave, having a sabbatical from working life. If the latter is the case, why aren't they frumpy and disoriented and unable to engage in witty adult repartee? Was there some prenatal class in postpartum glamour that I skipped? And how come they all look like they know what they're doing? Perhaps I am the only mother in London who feels like she's muddling through, pretending."

Ultimately, Amy finds, or, rather, is discovered by, a guide and mentor in Alice, a devastatingly gorgeous and with-it Yummy Mummy, who takes Amy under her wing and into the rarified club of Yummy Mummies: A richly-rendered group of women who seem to have the mommy thing down.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brette Sember on March 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Londoner Amy Crane becomes unexpectedly pregnant and then finds that pregnancy leaves her unexpectedly frumpy. Envying all the MILFs she encounters, she eventually starts on a self-improvement kick which has a negative effect on her love life. This book takes an honest look at what it's like to be home with a baby and a body you no longer recognize, suddenly cut off from friends and work. Amy's struggles with self-esteem will be familiar to many new moms and the self-acceptance and courage she finds will inspire many.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sunny in So. Cal. on March 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book made me laugh, made me cry & occupied my pregnant brain while escaping my toddler in the bath....Easy on "The Mommy Brain" entertaining reading... if you are considering that type of book then I would highly recomend Yummy Mummy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Geepers Peepers on March 20, 2007
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I'm not a Mummy, yummy or otherwise, but I really enjoyed this. If you like chick lit, especially Brit chick lit, you will enjoy reading about this new mother's conflict about her relationship, being a mother and the tug for her to go back to work. Also, her attempt to fit in with the fashionable, size 2 new mothers.
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This book provides an irreverent take on the various mommy tribes we tend to encounter around the births of our children. There's the earth-mothers who think breast feeding is the be all and end all, whipping their boobs out proudly in public without flinching; then there's the mothers who seem to be in perfect shape, radiating confidence and glamor within three months of giving birth, making the rest of us feel wholly inadequate; and then there's our heroine - caught between the two. This book has a good plot and will make you feel better about your mommy insecurities whilst having some laughs along the way. A recommended read for all of us who know we fall short of the ideals - and don't care!!!
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By TwinMommy on October 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
As a mother of twins, I felt a strong connection to the story's main character Amy. It's a blunt, funny story of a new mother caught in between the new world of diapers, spit-up, etc, her own insecurities about her life in general (she is unwed), and the transformation of herself as a result off all of these things. I loved this book. For anyone who is a mother, read it. It details the insecurities some women go through after having a child, along with the normal strains of a mother. But it also offers a refreshing and emotional outlook that anyone with children would understand about trying to understand yourself and accept the start of a new life and self. Can't recommend it enough.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By maria1971 on January 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As a not-very-yummy mummy of a toddler (never having found the time for pilates, or maintaining perfect highlights and manicures pre- or post-partum) I can't say I could entirely relate to this book, or to many of its characters. However, it is a light, fun, easy read that will get a few laughs - and will probably skim, if not actually strike, a chord with most mummies.
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I really enjoyed this book. After reading several "mommy-lit" books with unlikable and seemingly mentally challenged protagonists, it was nice to finally read about one who while not perhaps a yummy mummy, had sense and wasn't a complete airhead. The book surprised my with its depth - I was expecting something along the lines of the foolishness I have previously read in this genre. The ideas of friendship, adultery and self-esteem coupled with motherhood provided a very rich story that painted a realistic portrait of the struggles in a relationship post-child.
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