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The Rise and Fall of a Yummy Mummy

The Rise and Fall of a Yummy Mummy Author Polly Williams
ISBN-10 0316730807
Release 2006
Pages 371
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One woman's battle to fit back into her old self. Amy Crane is in crisis. Six months after the birth of her baby, Amy still looks pregnant and can't remember the last time she had a wax, or an orgasm. Motherhood is stirring up disturbing questions about her own childhood. And she suspects her boyfriend is cheating. Enter Alice, yummy mummy superior, on a mission to transform Amy's body, and love life. As Amy swaps breast pads for Botox and climbs out of a vortex of self-doubt, her libido awakens from its long nap and things get rather more complicated ... A wonderfully well-written, funny and sharp novel about the trials of playing hip happy families and the contradictions at the heart of modern motherhood.



The Yummy Mummy

The Yummy Mummy Author Polly Williams
ISBN-10 9781401385842
Release 2007-01-02
Pages 100
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In the tradition of Little Earthquakes, Babyville and I Don't Know How She Does It: the effervescent, canny, and downright delightful debut of Polly Williams, a spirited new voice in women's fiction. Amy Crane's daughter, the exquisite and sweet-tempered Evie, is six months old. any Amy -- who's trying to decide whether to resume her high-pressure job in PR -- adores her. But these days, Amy doesn't exactly adore herself. Even worse, the whole time she's feeling invisible and about as attractive as a barnyard animal, Amy suspects that Evie's father, Joe, is having an affair. Then Amy meets Alice, who seems to have this mommy thing down: She's single-girl-slender, for one thing, with groomed eyebrows, a smooth forehead, and killer clothes. Plus she has a sex life. In short, she's a Yummy Mummy, one of a new breed who manage to make motherhood look positively sexy. Under Alice's tutelage, Amy discovers that she's got some yumminess of her own. Joe takes notice, as does her handsome Pilates instructor. But once Amy's libido awakens from its extended slumber, a whole new set of problems develops. Filled with acute perceptions of the challenges faced by new moms, as well as the uniquely terrifying landscape of new motherhood, The Yummy Mummy is as endearing -- and as refreshing -- as a baby who sleeps through the night.



Husband Missing

Husband  Missing Author Polly Williams
ISBN-10 9780755392414
Release 2013-01-17
Pages 300
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From the bestselling author of THE RISE AND FALL OF A YUMMY MUMMY. 'The number you are calling is unavailable. Please try again later.' Gina has only been married six months when her husband Rex goes on holiday to Spain and vanishes without a trace, tipping her dream new marriage into nightmare. As a frantic search gets nowhere, Gina is adamant that he's alive and vows never to give up hope. Speculation is rife: he's drowned at sea, lost his memory...or just walked away. Troubling stories start to emerge about Rex's past that are hard to square with the man she married. How well does she really know her handsome, charismatic husband? They'd fallen in love so quickly, so passionately, that the past had seemed barely relevant to either of them. Now an explosive secret threatens to rewrite the story of their love affair. As the mystery of Rex's whereabouts deepens, Gina begins to wonder whether you only ever truly know the person you love once they've gone.



A Good Girl Comes Undone

A Good Girl Comes Undone Author Williams
ISBN-10 184744248X
Release 2008-05-01
Pages 352
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She's on a roll. A glamorous job at a glossy magazine. A home of her own. A cute live-in boyfriend. Annie Rafferty has worked damn hard for all of it. If demands are made, she delivers. If people need her, she's there. And if she suspects something is missing? Well, she ignores it. But cracks start to appear. Her boyfriend quits his job and leaves Annie paying the bills. Work descends into a handbags-at-dawn struggle for survival, and there's a new exec in the office - rude, opinionated but strangely attractive - questioning exactly what she's trying to prove. As Annie discovers her true desires, her meticulously planned life begins to unravel and darker, unexpected forces pull things in a shocking new direction . . .



How To Be Married

How To Be Married Author Polly Williams
ISBN-10 9780755391295
Release 2011-11-10
Pages 279
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From Polly Williams, the bestselling author of THE RISE AND FALL OF A YUMMY MUMMY comes a startling, honest novel of love, marriage - and untidiness. Sadie Drew thinks she must be the world's worst wife. She only needs to walk into a room to make it untidy. She wears flannel pyjamas in bed. Furry things breed in her fridge. But she's a busy working mother not a wifebot and husband Tom loves her as she is. Until he gets a hot new job and things change. There are alpha-wives to entertain. Nuclear rows. Unsettling secrets. And the smell of another woman's perfume on his suit. Sadie risks losing everything if she can't transform herself into the perfect wife... But what is a perfect wife anyway?



The Rise of the Yummy Mummy Popular Conservatism and the Neoliberal Maternal in Contemporary British Culture

The Rise of the  Yummy Mummy   Popular Conservatism and the Neoliberal Maternal in Contemporary British Culture Author
ISBN-10 OCLC:1020272045
Release 2013
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Abstract This article analyzes the new social type of the "yummy mummy" in British culture, which both marks a substantial cultural shift—given that the Western Christian tradition has typically positioned mothers as asexual—and is simultaneously produced by increasing economic inequalities (which are particularly marked in relation to childcare). Drawing from a range of sources, particularly celebrity guidebooks and "hen lit" novels, this article argues that the yummy mummy functions to elide such social contexts and espouses a girlish, high‐consuming maternal ideal as a site of hyperindividualized psychological "maturity." "Successful" maternal femininity is articulated by rejecting "environmentally conscious" behavior and by rendering what are presented as excessive eco-delusions both abject and transparent. This tendency is indicative of the conservative nature of the phenomenon, which is forced to disavow wider structures of social, political, and ecological dependency in order for its conservative fantasy of autonomous, individualizing retreatism to be maintained.



It Happened One Summer

It Happened One Summer Author Polly Williams
ISBN-10 9780755383528
Release 2011-01-06
Pages 352
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From the author of THE RISE AND FALL OF A YUMMY MUMMY comes IT HAPPENED ONE SUMMER -a funny, poignant page-turner about family dysfunctions, coming of age and forgiving your mother. 'Williams writes with deadly, witty accuracy about modern life' Sophie Kinsella Nell Stockdale is in a pretty good place, managing to combine a full-on career with single motherhood; a lovely flat, great girlfriends, and a sexy younger man on the scene. But her mother is very ill. Will she return to the family's large, damp Cornish farmhouse to care for her? Normally Nell keeps her family at arm's length. Her sister is engaged to Nell's ex big love, and she has never got on with her eccentric, distant mother. But something powerful is pulling her back to Cornwall...



Decline and Fall

Decline and Fall Author Evelyn Waugh
ISBN-10 9780316216326
Release 2012-12-11
Pages 336
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Sent down from Oxford after a wild, drunken party, Paul Pennyfeather is oddly surprised to find himself qualifying for the position of schoolmaster at a boys' private school in Wales. His colleagues are an assortment of misfits, rascals and fools, including Prendy (plagued by doubts) and Captain Grimes, who is always in the soup (or just plain drunk). Then Sports Day arrives, and with it the delectable Margot Beste-Chetwynde, floating on a scented breeze. As the farce unfolds in Evelyn Waugh's dazzling debut as a novelist, the young run riot and no one is safe, least of all Paul.



Here s Looking at You Baby

Here s Looking at You  Baby Author Erica Barlow
ISBN-10 0646945084
Release 2015-09-16
Pages 26
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This wise and witty poem is all about, well, the things that aren't very poetic about having babies. The refreshing rise of the scummy vs the yummy mummy has never felt more alive, as depicted here in bouncing verse and the author's beautiful full-colour illustrations.



The Art of Baking Blind

The Art of Baking Blind Author Sarah Vaughan
ISBN-10 9781466864283
Release 2015-05-05
Pages 416
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There are many reasons to bake: to feed; to create; to impress; to nourish; to define ourselves; and, sometimes, it has to be said, to perfect. But often we bake to fill a hunger that would be better filled by a simple gesture from a dear one. We bake to love and be loved. In 1966, Kathleen Eaden, cookbook writer and wife of a supermarket magnate, published The Art of Baking, her guide to nurturing a family by creating the most exquisite pastries, biscuits and cakes. Now, five amateur bakers are competing to become the New Mrs. Eaden. There's Jenny, facing an empty nest now that her family has flown; Claire, who has sacrificed her dreams for her daughter; Mike, trying to parent his two kids after his wife's death; Vicki, who has dropped everything to be at home with her baby boy; and Karen, perfect Karen, who knows what it's like to have nothing and is determined her facade shouldn't slip. As unlikely alliances are forged and secrets rise to the surface, making the choicest pastry seems the least of the contestants' problems. For they will learn--as Mrs. Eaden did before them--that while perfection is possible in the kitchen, it's very much harder in life, in Sarah Vaughan's The Art of Baking Blind.



The Mummy Bloggers

The Mummy Bloggers Author Holly Wainwright
ISBN-10 9781760639228
Release 2017-08-23
Pages 304
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'The freshest, funniest new voice in fiction since Liane Moriarty.' Mia Freedman Meet three Mummy Bloggers - each of them followed, idolised, imitated, taunted and trolled online. Elle Campbell is a glossy, lycra-clad mum with washboard abs, a ten-year plan and a secret past. Abi Black has quit sugar, moved to the country and is homeschooling her kids. Leisel Adams slogs away at her office job each day before rushing home, steeped in guilt, to spend precious moments with her kids before bedtime. All three share a label that they simultaneously relish and loathe-mummy blogger. And the connections don't stop there . . . When all three women are nominated for a prestigious blogging award with a hefty cash prize, the scene is set for a brutal and often hilarious battle for hearts, minds-and clicks. As the awards night gets closer, their lies get bigger, their stunts get crazier - and some mistakes from the past become harder and harder to hide. The Mummy Bloggers is a sharp and funny look at power of social media and the women behind the likes, shares and filters.



The Angel at No 33

The Angel at No  33 Author Polly Williams
ISBN-10 0755358864
Release 2011
Pages 344
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Some love stories never end Sophie Brady is funny, beautiful, a force of nature. One January evening she kisses her adored husband and young son goodbye, closes the door of number thirty three. At ten pm she's with her best friend Jenny in Soho, polishing off a second bottle of wine. By midnight, she's dead. Except she doesn't feel dead. And she isn't going anywhere until she helps Ollie find love again. Heartbroken Ollie is unaware of his new eligible status in the neighbourhood. He's busy fathering Freddie, and trying to work out how to use the washing machine. This is a man who once watered a houseplant for a year before realising it was plastic. Step forward Jenny. Missing her best friend terribly, she throws herself into helping Ollie, neglecting her own imminent wedding. As she gets closer to Ollie, she unearths secrets that make her question quite how well she knew Sophie. And how well she knows her own heart. Where does loyalty end and love begin?



The Beta Mum

The Beta Mum Author Isabella Davidson
ISBN-10 1781326525
Release 2017-06-20
Pages 230
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A young mother gets more than she bargained for when her blog about glamorous west-London 'Alpha Mums' goes viral.



Slummy Mummy

Slummy Mummy Author Fiona Neill
ISBN-10 9781101217610
Release 2007-07-05
Pages 384
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A smart, laugh-out-loud debut novel about a deeply flawed but endearing stay-at-home mom, a book for anyone who took Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones to heart a decade ago-and now has kids. Lucy Sweeney has three sons, a husband on a short fuse, and a tendency toward domestic disaster. It has been years since the dirty laundry pile was less than three feet high, months since she remembered to have sex, and weeks since her toddler started using the trash can as a toilet. Lucy is living in a constant state of emergency, caught between perfectionist Yummy Mummy No. 1 and competitive Alpha Mum, making it hard for her to remember exactly why she exchanged her career and sanity for less than blissful domesticity. When she begins a flirtation with Sexy Domesticated Dad, a father from the school car-pool lane, the string of white lies to cover up the trail of chaos and illicit desire starts to unravel and disaster looms. Slummy Mummy is a hilarious novel about the dilemmas of modern marriage and motherhood for those who never discovered their inner domestic goddess. Pitch-perfect and satisfyingly smart, it does for the stay-at-home mother what Allison Pearson's blockbuster bestseller I Don't Know How She Does It did for the working mom: It offers a lovable, flawed character who resonates, entertains, and undoubtedly has it worse than you do.



Mummy Me Cook

Mummy   Me Cook Author Kindersley Dorling
ISBN-10 1409338479
Release 2014
Pages 80
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The perfect way to learn how to cook together Introduce your children to the excitement of cooking with the help of their family and the perfect kitchen companion, Mummy & Me Cook. It's a great introduction to cooking for kids with its blend of over 20 healthy recipes and fun activities as well as fabulous food facts about everyday ingredients. Whip up yummy breakfast pancakes, scrummy smoothies, and delicious chocolate brownies together. Get to know staple ingredients like eggs, flour, and chocolate and find out what's inside an egg, where vegetables grow, how flour is made, and other foodie facts. Plus, using measurements and amounts associated with cooking and following the clear step-by-step instructions is a great way for children to learn while having fun! Children and parents alike will be educated and entertained as they explore the wonderful world of cooking. So, get the family together in the kitchen and have fun with food with Mummy & Me Cook.



How To Build A Girl

How To Build A Girl Author Caitlin Moran
ISBN-10 9781443433631
Release 2014-09-23
Pages 368
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A hilarious yet deeply moving coming-of-age novel from New York Times bestselling author Caitlin Moran, “the U.K.’s answer to Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler, and Lena Dunham all rolled into one” (Marie Claire) What do you do in your teenage years when you realize what your parents taught you wasn’t enough? You must go out and find books and poetry and pop songs and bad heroes—and build yourself. It’s 1990. Johanna Morrigan, fourteen, has shamed herself so badly on local TV that she decides that there’s no point in being Johanna anymore and reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde—fast-talking, hard-drinking Gothic hero and full-time Lady Sex Adventurer! She will save her poverty-stricken Bohemian family by becoming a writer—like Jo in Little Women, or the Bröntes—but without the dying young bit. By sixteen, she’s smoking cigarettes, getting drunk and working for a music paper. She’s writing pornographic letters to rock stars, having all kinds of sex with all kinds of men and eviscerating bands in reviews of 600 words or less. But what happens when Johanna realizes she’s built Dolly with a fatal flaw? Is a box full of records, a wall full of posters and a head full of paperbacks enough to build a girl after all? Imagine The Bell Jar—written by Rizzo from Grease. How to Build a Girl is a funny, poignant and heartbreakingly evocative story of self-discovery and invention, as only Caitlin Moran could tell it.



Gym and Slimline

Gym and Slimline Author Emma Burstall
ISBN-10 9781409025122
Release 2008-09-04
Pages 480
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A swanky new gym has opened in leafy south-west London. Four women bond over push-ups and Pilates and become firm friends. Percy likes sorting out other people's problems, but her own life is a shambles, with a terrible secret addiction. Can she kick it and win back the love of her husband? Patrice, wealthy but damaged, wants another baby, but husband Jonty isn't interested in sex. Is it her imagination, or is he getting too close to the husband of one of her new friends? Carmen is living dangerously, determined to get pregnant by her cold, treacherous boyfriend. She doesn't see what is under her nose until it's nearly too late. Suzanne adores her sexy second husband, but is she neglecting him for her job? And has she realised what is happening to her teenage daughter? New best friends. Their friendship is about to be tested to the limit.