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Summary

It’s time for a w(h)ine.

‘Oh, for f--k’s sake’ muttered Claire under her breath, as she opened the fridge to see what she could find for a no effort dinner. The children continued to fight behind her. They regarded any form of fish not encased in breadcrumbs as toxic, and were resistant enough to the delicious homemade fishfingers Claire had made for them, insisting they much preferred Captain Birdseye’s version. White wine was starting to look like quite an appealing dinner actually. Maybe just a small glass.

‘Are you having wine, Mum? You know you’re not supposed to have wine every night.  We did about alcohol units at school. That’s quite a big glass of wine, how many units do you think are in it?’

’Bet the bastards didn’t tell you that wine is remarkably good at cancelling out whining though, did they?’ muttered Claire.

Claire’s family has gone nuclear. Her precious moppets keep calling Childline when she feeds them broccoli, she’s utterly Ottolenghied out at weekends and her darling husband is having an affair with her best friend.

The question isn’t whether she needs a glass of wine, but is there one big enough?

Enter the Sauvignon Sisterhood, a new set of friends brought together by a shared love of liquid therapy. Together they might just be able to convince Claire that, like a good bottle of red, life really can get better with age. Or at least there’s more to it than the joy of an M&S non-iron school uniform.

©2022 Gill Sims (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"God, she’s funny." (Jilly Cooper)

"Sims’s latest offering is a hilarious follow-up to her best-selling debut...you’d be forgiven for thinking the blogger behind Peter and Jane couldn’t pull it off twice—but she has." (The Sunday Post)

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Lol funny but annoying undertones

caught between loving it and being disappointed in author.
I'm a huge Hill Sims fan and have thoroughly enjoyed previous books. Really enjoyed crossover from characters in previous books. However, to suggest several times that protagonist's husband's behaviour was in any way protagonist's fault was ridiculous and really put a dent in enjoying the story.

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light and humorous

loved the first three Gill Sims books why mummy drinks, and couldn't put them down.

this was a little bit slower to warm up, for me the voices threw me slightly, I felt like I was dipping in and out of the cast of Horrid Henry. however as with all her books it's sprinkled with humour friendship and ease.

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A wonderful romp

Life affirming grown up chick lit. And I loved it!
I fell in love with the characters straight away. I laughed and cried at the reality of it - I may never have attended a school camping trip but I know the scenario so well! The playground mums, the arguing, the sisterhood. Joyful throughout!

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brilliant

This book did not disappoint and it was everything that it promised to be.

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A really good story and well performed

I laughed and cried my way through this book. A riveting and beautifully performed tale of hitting rock bottom, but getting up again. I identified with so many things, and found myself thinking about the characters when I couldn't listen to the book.

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I enjoyed listening to this story however, a lot of it was reused from the Why Mummy Drinks series so not very original.

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All a bit too over exaggerated and a reworking of all the same phrases and anecdotes from the blog.

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Absolutely brilliant!

As always, Gill has come up trumps! And great narration from Sophie Aldred! Ace indeed...

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The narration on this was just dreadful!!!!! I was literally cringing and had to give up 5 minutes in. Will have to try a hard copy as do like her books...

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a joy

fans of the author who've listened to the authors other works will not be disappointed. Cracking book, I was laughing and cheering alk the way.

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I really tried to like it, but I did NOT!

I’ve looked forward to this book for a long time. I’ve loved most of her previous books, but this one was terrible from the beginning. The obvious affair, the hysterical overreaction to it, the children who treat her horribly, an underdeveloped best friendship, and the narrator making all male characters (including her own child) sound pompous and dumb. Maybe the final straw was when she said that the betrayal by her best friend was far worse than the betrayal by her spouse?!? She was really stretching for feminism there and it felt fake. I wanted to stop in the first 3 chapters, but kept thinking it would get better. I was wrong.

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  • C. A. Bowyer
  • 13-07-22

Brilliant entertainment

Loved this book for making me laugh whilst felled by Covid the story has so many parallels with life after divorce