It was just a squashed grape on the kitchen floor. Hardly a reason to get upset, right? But six years of motherhood has left Lisa Stratton feeling like a skivvy. Every morning before she’s opened her eyes, she starts her mental inventory of jobs to do. And just like yesterday, the day before and every day since she became a mum, she’s woken up knackered. So when her husband deliberately steps over the grape because it’s ‘her responsibility’ to run the house, it tips her over the edge.
He wasn’t always like this – they used to share everything. Then the kids came along and he saw it as an excuse to sit back.
But this time things are going to change. Lisa has made a decision. She’s going on strike.
Publisher: Arrow January 2014
Reviewer: Nadine Matheson
Mums on Strike by Laura Kemp is a funny, moving and thought provoking tale of Lisa Stratton. After eight years of marriage and being a mother to her two young children an ignored squashed grape on the kitchen floor, give Lisa the final push to go on strike in an attempt to make her husband share the housework. Whilst, Lisa’s childhood best friend Cal is sceptical about the strike, Lisa is quickly joined by new friend Mandy and the revolution that is ‘Mums on Strikes’ starts to sweep the country.
Much to the annoyance of their husbands, we see Lisa and Mandy embark on the strike with enthusiasm. However, we see Cal not only struggling to support her best friend but also struggling with becoming a mother for a third time, whilst also trying to keep up appearances. There are laugh out moments as Lisa’s husband, Adam, initially believes that the strike won’t last long and then embarks on his own endeavour to show that he can do a better job than his wife. Whilst Mandy’s strike forces her to acknowledge the truth about her husband. The main theme of the book is that no matter how daunting it may be that sometimes we have to make changes and that they can be for the better.
Mums on Strike is not just the tale of women kicking over the hoover, throwing down the marigolds and demanding equal rights. It is a funny book as Louise Kemp covers themes of motherhood, domestic abuse, in-laws, and relationships with your friends.