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Summary

Welcome to the jungle....

When you’ve grown up thinking your 20s are all about working hard, playing hard and trying not to get pregnant, life comes at you fast when you go from hump to bump.

So you thought adulthood would mean a high-flying career and a luxury lifestyle but instead have ended up with a Lycra-based wardrobe and a deep fear of what lies at the bottom of the ball-pit in soft play?

Join comedian Sophie McCartney as she voyages deep into the uncharted territories of mating, birthing, feral offspring, mums overdoing it at the watering hole and the perilous viper’s nest of the school WhatsApp group.

With laugh-out-loud humour and eye-watering honesty, Sophie shows how whether you’ve had a day full of whining or a night full of wine, there’s joy to be had in the perfectly imperfect wild ride into parenthood.

©2022 Sophie McCartney (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Reassuring, relatable and laud-out-loud funny - I loved it!" (Sarah Turner, The Unmumsy Mum)

"If you’re looking for the funniest mum on Instagram, you’ve found her!" (Mother & Baby)

"Brilliant! Painfully accurate and criminally funny. Like a chat with your most outrageous friend." (Ellie Taylor)

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a must for every woman

loved it so much it hurt! laughing and crying all the way through, 100% worth it

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  • KJ
  • 22-06-22

What a laugh

If you feel alone in this world of madness worrying that you not doing things right, your the worse mum ever when clearly your not, Sophie says it how it is and gives you belly hugging laughs along the way. She tells you all her in and outs ups and downs but all the way you can relate to some of her life stories and laugh at them while laughing at yourself.

I bought this as an audio book for driving and had to pull in at many a stop because of the belly hugging laughs.

It's not all laughs but you need to read or listen to this but make sure you have the hankies ready for the sad parts as well as the funny parts.

Sophie I'm looking forward to the next book

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loved it!

relatable, endless laugh out loud moments. After following Sophie on social media for a long time I knew it would be great. thanks Sophie your amazing!

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Loved it,bought to read in hospital having a hysterectomy ended up buying it on Audible too as the drugs I am on means I couldn't focus Sophie you are amazing as


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amazing, funny and emotional all at the same time!

I absolutely loved this book. Sophie I've followed you from the very start and those did not disappoint in the slightest. if your looking for a new ready that will have you laughing, crying and everything in-between this is for you. love love love it xxx

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Loved it

I am a huge fan of Sophie on social media so I was excited to read this. It hasn’t disappointed at all. Sophie is down to earth, matter of fact and so very funny. I love how honest she is about the things she has done, any mishaps and mistakes she has made and her overall bubbly personality. I hope there will be more books written by Sophie in the future that I’m sure will be as interesting, entertaining and enjoyable as this one has. Great job narrating the book too, it’s done perfectly in my opinion.

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Funny and relatable

What a fantastic listen! I’d highly recommend the audio version of this book as its so well read by the author. If you’re a parent this is a highly amusing take on parenthood.

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Amazing!!!!

Love. Love. Love this woman! So thankful she narrated it too. Brilliantly funny and so on point with motherhood. Laugh out load at so many chapters.

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Laugh Out Loud Funny!

Chuckled continuously throughout!

Enjoyed every second of this book! Sophie has a natural way of making those little ‘throw away’ moments funny and couples it so genuinely with those emotional moments with your children that you wish you could bottle up or revisit in a time machine.

Such a good listen. Was sorry when it was over! Looking forward to listening/reading more of her work, hopefully soon!

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  • BICARA HAIGH NEWTON
  • 21-02-22

Best and Funnies Book Ever

Thank you Sophie for writing this book and even better for doing the Audio as i live in South Africa so could not get the actual book which I still want for my book shelf.

I have laughed and cried and laughed again while listening to you and your story.

I am a Mother of 2 BOYS ... 5 year old and a 16 year old and I can relate - Moms are Super Women, Each chapter was brilliant.

Thank you and Congrats Again 👏