GALAXY NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER 2011: BOOK OF THE YEAR
BRITISH PRESS AWARDS CRITIC AND INTERVIEWER OF THE YEAR 2011
BRITISH PRESS AWARDS COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR 2010
1913 - Suffragette throws herself under the King's horse. 1969 - Feminists storm Miss World. Now - Caitlin Moran rewrites "The Female Eunuch" from a bar stool and demands to know why pants are getting smaller. There's never been a better time to be a woman: we have the vote and the Pill, and we haven't been burnt as witches since 1727. However, a few nagging questions do remain...Why are we supposed to get Brazilians? Should you get Botox? Do men secretly hate us? What should you call your vagina? Why does your bra hurt? And why does everyone ask you when you're going to have a baby? Part memoir, part rant, Caitlin Moran answers these questions and more in "How To Be A Woman" - following her from her terrible 13th birthday ('I am 13 stone, have no friends, and boys throw gravel at me when they see me') through adolescence, the workplace, strip-clubs, love, fat, abortion, TopShop, motherhood and beyond.
Caitlin Moran had literally no friends in 1990, and so had plenty of time to write her firstnovel, The Chronicles of Narmo, at the age of fifteen. At sixteen she joined music weekly Melody Maker and at eighteen briefly presented the pop show 'Naked City' on Channel 4. Following this precocious start she then put in eighteen solid years as a columnist on The Times - both as a TV critic and also in the most-read part of the paper, the satirical celebrity column 'Celebrity Watch'.
The eldest of eight children, home-educated in a council house in Wolverhampton, Caitlin read lots of books about feminism - mainly in an attempt to be able to prove to her brother, Eddie, that she was scientifically better than him. Caitlin isn't really her name. She was christened 'Catherine'. But she saw 'Caitlin' in a Jilly Cooper novel when she was 13 and thought it looked exciting. That's why she pronounces it incorrectly: 'Catlin'. It causes trouble for everyone.
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"Spectacular! Very, very funny, moving and revealing" (Jonathan Ross)
"I adore, admire and - more - am addicted to Caitin Moran’s writing." (Nigella Lawson)
"Moran's writing sparkles with wit and warmth. Like the confidences of your smartest friend." (Simon Pegg)
“I devoured How to Be A Woman in one sitting...this is the book that frustrated boyfriends have wanted someone...to write for decades” (Dan Stevens, The Times)
“The book EVERY woman should read” (Grazia)
This book should probably come with a an explicit language warning, but once you get past that, Ms Moran writes with clarity, honesty and humour. Her reading feels like having a clever, funny friend sitting on your sofa.
This is the sort of writing that gives feminism a good name.
I shall be giving a copy to my teenage daughter.
Every woman should know that there are other women who feel the same way.
The love that Caitlin feels for her siblings and her honesty in telling the story, a lot of people would shy away from the abortion.
It is like sitting on the sofa having a chat with your mate.
From a literature standpoint there may be things to criticize, basically that is 'too much' here and there. But the tone is light, Caitlin is frank and at the end of the day very sharp and refreshingly original on a very very important subject of which we should all be more conscious of.
Caitlin Moran's take on the definition of being a woman, With wit and humour she covers l the whole range of being a woman, from anatomy to relationships, work, children, even a bit on fashion. All men should read it, it'll be an eye opener, even for honorary women!
She's great at reading her own book, brings some depth to the written word,
How to be a woman, of course
Really enjoyed listening to Caitlin read her book, and I loved and appreciated much of what she has to say about Being Woman. As a strident feminist, I marked her down a touch for the things I disagree with her on (just a couple!) but up for making me laugh so much. Down a wee bit for swearing so much I can't share it with my pre teen kids yet. Then again, I didn't want to have the abortion discussion with them just yet anyway. Good book; recommended to all over 16/18 yrs old, but I'm sure it will appeal most to over 30s.
Self-narrated, Caitlin Moran addresses the struggles of the modern day woman through anecdotes of her own hilarious experiences. Instead of succumbing to patriarchal shaming of how a woman in contemporary society "should be", she calls out misogynistic tendencies as 'fucking bullshit' AND backs her arguments with solid reasoning. Though there are areas Moran could have explored further by substituting speculation, her presentation of feminist activism is flamboyant, fierce, but fun. If you can stomach a few gnarly details and embrace a northern-girl's choice of language, this book is bound to give you several PAAAHAH!!! moments.
Though I agree with most of her philosophies and opinions on life and feminism,
I would have liked it if there was a version with not quite so many f and c words in it- more than any other book I've read, or heard of - and the chapter when she's 13 could have done with WAY less detail.
And man for that matter! Caitlin Moran is the perfect mix of idealism, logic and light-heartedness. I was laughing and nodding along in agreement the whole time. Takes what is generally known as a boring and stodgy topic and makes it hilarious and fun. Had me wishing it wouldn't come to an end, cannot stop recommending this to my friends.
Caitlin is an intelligent woman able to tell her story in a way that is both enlightening and humorous.
Her honesty when discussing an unwanted pregnancy.
Great reader, clear and spoken with a natural intonation.
Very disappointed. Far too smug and shouty for my liking and not as funny as I'd hoped.
Absolutely brilliant f#cking great book. All the better because she's bothered to read it herself. Besides being essential reading for every woman or person who wants to understand a woman, it's riotously funny, searingly honest, a bit sad, in the right way, the way that lets other women know we are enough. That we already are women and if that isn't enough, nothing ever will be. She is my new favourite person, besides myself, obviously. Highly recommended. About 10 years too late but yeah. I'm retro like that.
Just read it.
"Not what I expected"
I had heard rave reviews about this book and as a 'strident feminist' had anticipated something else, I'm not sure what exactly but it wasn't the in depth autobiographical piece I ended up with.
Whilst a most interesting woman and with an engaging narrator, after all the hype the book and the story itself just fell a little flat.
Probably a great read for some but not if you're looking for something a bit more analytical with regards the feminist 'agenda'
Can't believe it has taken this long to discover Caitlin Moran. Where have I been?
"Great to have the author read it."
Funny and entertaining. We'll worth downloading. I'd not read any of her books before but this was really enjoyable and I'd read another.
Fantastic! Everyone should read it, men and women, adults and teenagers! So interesting, funny and insightful 👌
"A must if you were a teenager in the 80s and 90s"
Possibly because the narration really brought the main character to life with her brummy accent.
The main character. There were so many cringey moments but it was also very easy to relate to her from my teenage years.
It was perfectly executed from start to finish.
Don't forget to wear your tenner lady, ladies!
It would make for a fantastic film.
One of the best books I've ever read/listened to. Have since downloaded How to be a Woman and can't wait to get stuck into that.
"Outstandingly funny and thoughtful"
Caitlin Moran manages to deal with and transcend the topics and issues that form the core material of women's journalism. I had great fun laughing aloud as I pottered round the garden doing my jobs.
"Beware: may make you snigger out loud on the tube!"
Brilliantly insightful, clever, and funny, Caitlin looks at the world in a different way. An excellent performance.
"Not one to listen to with the car windows down."
Once again Caitlin Moran confronts the issues most important to her with a frank hilarity only she can manage.
A blunt and open discussion about all the cultural factors affecting women in the 21st century, with colourful language and equally colourful descriptions.
Whilst I may not agree with all of Caitlin's opinions presented in this feminist book, I have to praise the tone, which does not come across as pushy or entitled. This is helped in the audible edition, as she reads it to perfectly. She is clearly not one of the angry feminists we all hear about but never meet. Instead this is Caitlin's view of the world presented in a well argued and funny manor. I was touched by her honesty in this book and her open approach made this book a real gem.
This book will leave all readers ready to shout "I am a feminist" whilst trying to balance on a study desk, spinny chair! I would warn you though, don't listen to this with your Nan, it will make her blush redder than beautifully in season strawberries...
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