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Book Review: Mammy Banter, The Secret Life Of An Uncool Mum By Serena Terry


Tara Gallagher is knackered. She used to dream of being Beyoncé but suddenly she’s thirty-six – with three kids, a loving husband, a very boring job – and instead of headlining Glastonbury, she’s in her pyjamas on a Friday night, watching Gogglebox.

It’s time for a mammy makeover. She’s going to show her teenage daughter she’s still cool. She’s going to show her husband she’s still an absolute ride. She’s going to show her colleagues she’s still a Boss Bish.

But most of all, she’s going to prove to herself that she can still be a mum, still work full time, and still be Beyoncé…


The famous Tik-toker writes a novel. I was eager to read this as the author is from the same city as myself and I’ve seen her videos and she really does crack me up. So when she writes a novel of course I wanted to check it out.

Tara Gallagher is the main character who seems to think her daughter does not think she is cool as she reaches her teenage years. Tara is trying to manage it all with 3 children. She is very funny in how she describes things and you find yourself laughing along with her and cheering her own.

One of the parts I really enjoyed about her life philosophy:

“Life changed, you know. That’s part of the deal when we become parents. You put your own needs to one side and focus on what’s important,which is putting those wains of yours front and centre”

We go along with Tara on her journey to discover who she is as she needs reaffirmation and a life adjustment as she has her ‘mid-life crisis’ from spin bikes to hair changes it was definitely hilarious if not a bit over the top sometimes. Of course you stick with the slang where you are from however as always I find it a little bit much. I think the audio version of this read would have been more enjoyable to hear the author herself saying it as I read this I pictured her voice saying everything.

I found myself reminiscing quite frequently throughout.

Some of the most enjoyable parts of this novel was when Tara stood up for herself in work after events occur she manages to get her own back. I feel that Tara should have more faith in herself, she doubted her self-worth quite often and her family should appreciate her more. Tara does quite a lot and deserves some me-time as with all parents, some more than others.

Overall, this is one of those novels where you want to keep reading, it makes you smile, laugh, and reminisce about the good ol’ times. A definite book to make your day or week even better.

Thank you Harper Collins for sending me this edition in exchange for an honest review.

4/5 Stars

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