Britmums Book Club review – The Playground Mafia

My latest book that I have received free to review from the Britmums Book Club is The Playground Mafia by Clare Christian and Elisabeth Kent.

The Playground Mafia by Clare Christian and Elisabeth Kent

This is what it says on the back cover.

The average playground is full of bullies, show-offs and gossips – and we don’t mean the kids. Parents have evolved into the worst kinds of stereotype in the last few decades and this fun and funny book identifies them all: spot them in your playground today!

From Competitive Mum to Flaky Mum to Tittle-Tattle Mum (and with a few dads thrown in for good measure) the playground stereotypes are hilarious and horrifying in turn.

Packed with wonderfully observed case studies, this book will strike a chord with any mum who has cowered behind the bike shed to avoid OFSTED mum. 

The authors (obviously both normal mums) have used over 13 years experience of primary school playgrounds to identify and categorise all the key players.

This was a funny book to read. A good laugh. It has several pages for each of 30 different types of parents, mainly mums but a few dads too. You can even tick them off and award yourself points for spotting them. Reminds me of the I-Spy books I used to take on holiday as a child. It also compares each parent type to a cocktail and includes the recipes at the back of the book. Great for light entertainment.

Luckily I didn’t find myself reading about me. So hopefully I’m a normal mum.

Bizarrely I have already read a story with the same title only earlier this year. That was a light-hearted chick-lit by Sarah Tucker. Although that was a different genre with an unbelievable plot, I could see some of the parent types mirrored there.

The Playground Mafia is published by John Blake Publishing. The paperback edition is currently on sale on Amazon for £7.99 compared to an RRP of £5.99. First time I’ve ever seen a book retailing on Amazon at above the price on the back of the book, although there are some cheaper prices via the Amazon marketplace. I’m assuming it must be due to its popularity, so check whether you can get it in your local bookstore first. It is also available in kindle format. I found it a really funny read and thoroughly recommend this book, although at only 180 pages, I was left wanting more.

This is my sixth book from the Britmums Book Club. Previously I have read the following for Britmums.
A Better Man by Leah McLaren
Hippy Dinners by Abbie Ross
The Silent Hours by Cesca Major
The Judas Scar by Amanda Jennings
Above All Things by Tanis Rideout

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of a book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

14 thoughts on “Britmums Book Club review – The Playground Mafia

    1. mumjd Post author

      I’m always in awe of those who home educate their children themselves. My mum used to be employed by the council to teach children who were unable to attend school in either their own homes or library, but that is not the same



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