I was introduced to the Sh**ged Married Annoyed podcast – starring Chris and Rosie Ramsey – by one of my cousin’s earlier this year. I’d loved Chris on Strictly last year – and started following Rosie on Instagram at a similar time (as she’d been nice to my aforementioned cousin in a DM on Insta). My cousin said the podcast reminded her of listening to me and my husband exchange banter and beefs in real life! (We’re a decade older than the Ramseys – but I’ll take the comparison!)
The podcast was a highlight of my lockdown life – and I’d download it religiously every Friday. I’d then listen to it in the car whilst ferrying kids about (albeit the legs of the journies without kids in the car – as it’s definitely 18+ listening).
Chris and Rosie may have mentioned – occasionally (!!) – about their book coming out. I’m currently in the habit of an audiobook in the car which is non fiction – and as the book is narrated by Chris and Rosie themselves, it felt like a super long podcast, so I downloaded the audiobook.
I don’t think you have to be a SMA to read / listen to the book – you’d still ‘get’ it (although might not just have got what I mean by SMA) but as the Ramseys themselves had said – why would you have paid to buy the book when there are all the free podcasts out there to listen to first?!?
Back to the book! Here’s the blurb:
“This is not a self-help book. This book contains absolutely no advice that you should follow yourself.
Saturday nights out on the tiles, undying crushes, dating like it’s a competitive sport, awkward tales of dating woes, one-night stands, the walk of shame, ghosting, tears and break-ups.
Finding ‘the one’, meeting their parents, first holidays and romantic weekends away, engagement rings, big moment proposals, wedding bells, the hen do, the stag, the much anticipated – and feared – best man speech, the honeymoon of a lifetime.
Who stacks a dishwasher like this? Empty milk cartons placed back into the fridge, pregnancy, sleepless nights, toilet seats up, toothpaste everywhere, less and less frequent date nights, DIY weekends, divorce.
Whether you’re sh**ged, married, annoyed, or, all of the above, Chris and Rosie Ramsey, hosts of the number one podcast, write hilariously and with honesty about the ups and downs and ins and outs of love, sex and relationships.”
So, some of the chapters are Chris and Rosie’s past – and some are prompted by questions for the public (pppppppppublic) – so it feels very much the same vibe as the podcast which I enjoyed.
My first surprise was that it wasn’t until 1 hour and 26 minutes in that Carl Hutchinson got a mention! #podcastjoke #IrealiseIamatwat
I totally agreed with Chris and Rosie ‘fessing up to their pasts when they got engaged. Thankfully the husband and I did similar (which meant I wasn’t totally surprised when my husband told me he’d historically slept with 4 of the other Mums at the parent craft class we went to when pregnant with our firstborn…….)
As with the podcast – the content is definitely adult, and quite sweary and ‘open minded about things of a sexual nature’ adult at that! But great fun.
The threesome chapter was ‘interesting’ – and as I have identical twin cousins it did make me wonder………….
I love the fact that Chris and Rosie clearly adore their son Robin – but also are quite happy to talk about the trials and tribulations of parenthood. I’m enjoying tracking the incubation of baby number 2 each week on the podcast!!
It wasn’t until the chapter on poo stories (Chris wanted it in, Rosie didn’t – the chapter I mean, see what listening to this podcast / reading this book does to one’s mind!?!) that I realised how different the book had been with Chris and Rosie essentially reading out what they’d already written – whereas the poo chapter felt much more like the podcast in that it flowed between the Ramseys in a much more banter-y (which is clearly a made up word!) way! Turns out in the secret chapter at the end – about the making of the audio book – that the poo chapter was done in reverse, in that Chris and Rosie read and discussed the questions from the public, and then this was transcribed for the actual book. Interesting. (I am such a geek, I love sh*t like this!)
Overall I loved the audiobook – all 7 hours and 36 minutes of it – actually, there were probably some minutes I didn’t ‘love’ and just ‘liked’ and some of the poo stories were GRIM – but still, 5 stars, would recommend!
(Or, if you’re new to Mr & Mrs Ramsey – maybe try the podcast for free first and see what you reckon before investing in the book!)