Are We Having Fun Yet?

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Pub Date 14 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 13 Oct 2021

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Beloved author Lucy Mangan's uproariously funny debut novel


'Utterly, utterly perfect and brilliant - I think it is, simply, a new classic, and the book every woman will be able to trust to make her happy when she picks it up' - Caitlin Moran


'Utterly wonderful ... full of love. Enormously uplifting, funny and witty and wry' - Marian Keyes


'A glorious, outrageously funny retelling of E.M. Delafield's Diary of a Provincial Lady. At once, a celebration of the joy of family life and a cry of anguish at the utter hell of it. Laugh out loud, compulsive reading' - Nina Stibbe


Meet Liz: all she wants is some peace and quiet so she can read a book with her cat Henry, love of her life, by her side. But trampling all over this dream is a group of wild things also known as Liz's family. Namely:


Richard - a man, a husband, no serious rival to Henry.

Thomas - their sensitive seven year old son, for whom life is a bed of pain already.

Evie - five year old acrobat, gangster, anarchist, daughter.


And as if her family's demands (Where are the door keys? Are we made of plastic? Do 'ghost poos' really count?) weren't enough, Liz must also contend with the madness of parents, friends, bosses, and at least one hovering nemesis. Are We Having Fun Yet? is a year with one woman as she faces all the storms of modern life (babysitters, death, threadworms) on her epic quest for that holy grail: a moment to herself.

Beloved author Lucy Mangan's uproariously funny debut novel


'Utterly, utterly perfect and brilliant - I think it is, simply, a new classic, and the book every woman will be able to trust to make her...


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'Utterly wonderful ... full of love. Enormously uplifting, funny and witty and wry' - Marian Keyes

'I read everything by Lucy Mangan, she is one of the funniest writers in Britain.' - Jenny Colgan

'Utterly, utterly perfect and brilliant - I think it is, simply, a new classic, and the book every woman will be able to trust to make her happy when she picks it up. Lucy Mangan is a fucking genius. SO MUCH WISDOM IN IT. SO MUCH ANGER. SO MUCH LOVE. SO MUCH LOL. It's just exquisite' - Caitlin Moran

'Family life under the microscope - scalpel sharp and gloriously real. Pure Mangan: witty and wickedly funny' - Jenny Eclair

'Lucy Mangan nails the absurd pitfalls of modern life/marriage/small children so completely and honestly, but with a lightness of touch that means the overall effect is calming and nourishing and feels like having a really good chat with a kind and loving friend. And so funny! I was shaking the bed with my laughter.' - Cathy Rentzenbrink

'Compelling, connecting humour from start to finish ... motherhood made funny' - Helen Lederer

'A glorious, outrageously funny retelling of E.M. Delafield's Diary of a Provincial Lady. At once a celebration of the joy of family life and a cry of anguish at the utter hell of it. Laugh out loud, compulsive reading.' - Nina Stibbe

'Utterly wonderful ... full of love. Enormously uplifting, funny and witty and wry' - Marian Keyes

'I read everything by Lucy Mangan, she is one of the funniest writers in Britain.' - Jenny Colgan

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This is so much fun! A little bit Bridget Jones, a little bit chatting-with-your-best-friend over coffee, and a lot of relatable laughs!

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A really enjoyable read that I read quickly. It was uplifting and laugh out loud funny, I couldn't put it down

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I received a copy of this book to review from Netgalley and all opionins are my own. A hilarious yet charming read that will keep you hooked to the pages. This book is laugh out loud funny with a perfect balance of heartwarming sweet moments. The writing is well done and the characters engaging and very relatable. A fantastic read to press into the hands of anyone looking for a joyous read.

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Lucy Mangan has created an honest, brilliantly observed, thought provoking and hilarious story of modern family life- I loved it! I am an avid reader of all of Lucy's work and so had high expectations of this and it did not disappoint. The characters are well drawn, three dimensional and real. I am still thinking about them days later. The children are great le and expressed perfectly. I will definitely be returning to this book and have already recommended it to many friends. Thank you Netgalley and Profile Books- A brilliant read!

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If anyone is looking to find out more about life as a mum of two, wife to one, whilst working alongside all of the kids/life/friends/house/admin/extended family/husband goings on, then this is the book for you! Liz, 39 and married to Richard with a small son and daughter between them, keeps a diary for a year that is laugh out loud, winceable, true to life and engaging throughout. Liz is carefully navigating that life of wife and mother and daughter and friend and colleague and sister, all at the same time, in a scenario that will be very familiar to women in their 30s and 40s. I sat and read this one hot summer’s day whilst my own son and daughter played in the garden so I have to admit to finding so much of Liz’s life to be completely relatable and entertaining. One not to miss. Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read and review.

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