The Secret Life of a Slummy Mummy

For Lucy Sweeney, motherhood isn't all astanga yoga and Cath Kidston prints. It's been years since the dirty laundry pile was less than a metre high, months since Lucy remembered to have sex with her husband, and a week since she last did the school run wearing pyjamas.

Motherhood, it seems, has more pitfalls than she might have expected. Caught between perfectionist Yummy Mummy No 1 and hyper competitive Alpha Mum, Lucy is in danger of losing the parenting plot. And, worst of all, she's alarmingly distracted by Sexy Domesticated Dad. It's only a matter of time before the dirty laundry quite literally blows up in her face...

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The Secret Life of a Slummy Mummy


"What’s thrilling about Slummy Mummy is as much the sparkling wit on every page as Fiona Neill’s sometimes sad, often funny, always unflinching insight into the underbelly of marriage and family life. Neill pulls no punches, but she brings home her point with such grace and humour that you won’t feel the sting."

Lauren Fox

"An intelligent and funny look at modern parenting."


"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."

Washington Post

"A sharply observed comedy…her writing burbles along effortlessly. Her comic timing is excellent."

Boston Globe

"Neill’s hilarious depiction of the manifold perils of stat-at-home motherhood is so convincing that it looks like the most challenging job in the world – and Lucy is all the more sympathetic simply for staying afloat."

Daily Telegraph

"This slice of angst and affluenza is several cuts above the rest... witty, observant and supremely intelligent... Behind the comedy is a serious look at the work/home conflict at the heart of modern motherhood."

The Times

"Plays with the chaos and comedy of 30-something metropolitan maternity and brings it to an unexpectedly moving conclusion."

Anna Wintour, Vogue