The Unmumsy Mum Diary by Sarah Turner @TheUnmumsyMum @penguinRHUK #corgibooks #bookreview

I’ve got something a little bit different for you today. Last month I was in hospital and my concentration went a little AWOL. So enter stage left a few more light hearted, easier reads.

I read some children’s books and The Unmumsy Mum Diary to ease me back into the routine of reading before heading back into the dark world of crime fiction.

The Blurb

She’s back! The Unmumsy Mum has put pen to paper (or fingers to the keyboard!) once more to bring you the next instalment of her life as mum to two young boys, documenting motherhood exactly as she finds it. Her words have made mums, dads and grandparents everywhere laugh and cry in equal measure.

In The Unmumsy Mum Diary Sarah shares with us a year in her life as a mum, wife, blogger and bestselling author. With her trademark candour and wit, she documents the good days and the bad days, the giggles and the tantrums. She’ll also share poignant, life-changing moments from her year, such as her older son heading off through the school gates for the first time.

The Unmumsy Mum Diary is as honest as it is hilarious and a peek into Sarah’s innermost thoughts will leave you in no doubt that, on those days when you feel you are not quite cut out for the job, you are most definitely not alone.

What I Did Think?

I’ve followed The Unmumsy Mum on social media for a while and picked up her book up on a bit of a whim. I say whim, what I mean is Amazon had it cheaper than the e-book and I love a good bargain.

So much of Sarah’s life resonated with me as a mum of two boys just like Sarah (well she had two but as you’ll see by her bio she’s got three now!). At points I was sat nodding my head (the kitchen planning), giggling (The Willy Show) and then there was the fallic mushrooms….it’s like she’s read my mind, taken my life and tweaked it so I know it’s my life but no one else does…

It’s not just the parenting stuff I could identify with, I too can go online with one purpose in mind and 2 hours later still not done it because something (normally social media ) distracts me….

She made me feel like my family life was normal. All mums compare themselves across the school playground, at the soft play, on line, but the honesty of Sarah’s writing made me think “I’m doing ok” as a parent. She also made me realise that yes it’s not just my kids who say the funniest and probably inappropriate things…..

Do you wanna smell my muff? (Henry aged 4)

I have to say I loved the random entries from Jude and James. Jude’s take on a day with Mummy is just comical and perfectly pitched, it’s just how I imagine a toddler’s logic working! As for James, I get the impression child care isn’t as easy as he imagined

It’s a bit different to my usual fictional reads as there is no real conclusion; it’s the year in the life of the Turners. A very entertaining year by all accounts. I didn’t realise this was the second book in the series and yes I have got the first one, so I’ll be heading back to read that and also the short compilation The Unmumsy Mums subtitledA Collection of Your Hysterical Stories from the Frontline of Parenting“.

If you’ve not ventured into the work of The Unmumsy Mum, it is really funny, brutally honest and well worth a read. I defy any parent to read this and not identify with at least some of what happens in the Turner household.

Who is Sarah Turner?

Sarah Turner lives in Devon with her husband and their three boys. She started writing as The Unmumsy Mum in 2013 after becoming disillusioned with the other parenting literature she had read online. Everybody seemed to be coping so well! Where were the tales of mums tearing their hair out after yet another sleepless night and endless re-runs of Peppa Pig? Surely there were others out there who were trying but ultimately failing to live up to the Supermum ideal they’d bought into? She made a vow then and there to document the good, the bad and the ugly of parenting, and her blog ( was born. You can follow Sarah’s everyday parenting adventures on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@theunmumsymum).

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