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How to Be a Woman | [Caitlin Moran]

How to Be a Woman

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?
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2011 Caitlin Moran (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Sara Castlecrag, Australia 07-14-12
    Sara Castlecrag, Australia 07-14-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Stirring Stuff!"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen Gaborone, Botswana 07-02-12
    Colleen Gaborone, Botswana 07-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Cuts to the bone"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Every woman should know that there are other women who feel the same way.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about Caitlin Moran’s performance did you like?

    It is like sitting on the sofa having a chat with your mate.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A User amsterdam, Netherlands 06-04-12
    A User amsterdam, Netherlands 06-04-12
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    "Must read, especially for men (yes I am a man...)"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn london, United Kingdom 04-10-12
    Dawn london, United Kingdom 04-10-12 Member Since 2005
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    "A great listen"
    What did you love best about How to Be a Woman?

    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!


    What does Caitlin Moran bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She's great at reading her own book, brings some depth to the written word,


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    How to be a woman, of course


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Auckland, New Zealand 04-02-14
    Lisa Auckland, New Zealand 04-02-14 Member Since 2010
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    "More than you ever wanted to know"

    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.

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    Alexandra Auckland, New Zealand 07-25-13
    Alexandra Auckland, New Zealand 07-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A must read for every woman..."
    What made the experience of listening to How to Be a Woman the most enjoyable?

    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.


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    Sarah Rotorua, New Zealand 01-14-13
    Sarah Rotorua, New Zealand 01-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Light hearted and entertaining personal storys"
    What made the experience of listening to How to Be a Woman the most enjoyable?

    Caitlin is an intelligent woman able to tell her story in a way that is both enlightening and humorous.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Be a Woman?

    Her honesty when discussing an unwanted pregnancy.


    What about Caitlin Moran’s performance did you like?

    Great reader, clear and spoken with a natural intonation.


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    A. J. Russell New Zealand 11-06-12
    A. J. Russell New Zealand 11-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I feel like I've found a new friend!"

    Whether or not you agree with her, it's hard not to find Caitlin Moran charming and hilarious, and impossible not to respect her wit and intellect. Her reading of her own blistering, autobiographical, political and somwhat musical and literary account of being female is great, because it sounds the way she wanted it to sound - which is fun, and loud, with a point to make. She never talks down to the reader. Instead, she yaks away like she's talking to a mate, possibly in a pub, possibly after a glass or two. I read the book before listening, so I sort of had a feel for her as a writer already, but hearing it read by her made me feel like I had a new friend. In a non-tragic way, of course. A stellar performance of a terrific and thought-provoking book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Helen
    Ilford, United Kingdom
    7/24/12
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    "The best audio book so far!"

    This had me laughing out loud so much on the tube. I got some very quizzical looks from fellow commuters. It almost made me cry in places too. Strident, opinionated, witty and strong. An awesome book. Do listen.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • GlaswegianLassie
    Scotland
    12/23/12
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    "Indispensable listening"

    A wonderful book. Moran really has nailed the funny, frustrating and infuriating absurdities and injustices of everyday life for the modern woman. For me this book expresses really well a lot of the things women need to be fighting against and fighting for. And every issue is explored with great thoroughness, every argument rigorously evidenced. But it's not an academic text or political manifesto - it's a very entertaining, funny and often heartwarming autobiography, sometimes uncomfortable (the chapter on childbirth is not for the faint-hearted) but rightly so. And the author's reading is vibrant, emphatic and life-affirming. I found fifteen minutes with Caitlin a great tonic! Can't recommend this highly enough.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Lindsay Kay Caddy
    Guildford, United Kingdom
    5/6/12
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    "Like having a chat with a funny friend"

    Well narrated by the author. I loved this book and looked forward to my commute so I could carry on where I left off. It was laugh out loud funny in places and always interesting. It explained feminism to me in a way which made me realise that, yes actually, I am a feminist and I'd be proud of saying it. I only wish her first book was on Audible.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    United Kingdom
    11/23/12
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    "Disappointing read"

    Expecting to laugh out loud, only the urge to get to the end got me through this. It does have some good reviews but just not to my taste in humour.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Natalie
    Surrey, United Kingdom
    10/7/12
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    "Not sure about this"

    I can't decide if I enjoyed this, at times it was interesting and thought provoking, then I realised, I was being told my life isn't good enough if I don't think or live like Catlin Moran. She seems to have a way of putting everyone down that doesn't think like her, without you even realising. Not a feel good book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sheila
    Limerick, Ireland
    12/24/12
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    "How to be a woman by Caitlin Moran"

    I was dubious initially about this one as I thought it might be faux feminisim but downloaded it when I needed something light and funny to listen to. I was really pleasantly surprised as its both genuinely amusing and moving at times but also contains some fresh perspectives. And Caitlin's Wolverhampton accent really added to the experience - nothing beats a book read by the author.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Margo Noo
    BROMLEY, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Thought provoking."

    I didn't agree with everything Catlin writes but it has left me considering things from a feminist point of view and to basically stand up for my opinions and question other's opinions. It's definitely worth a read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • K Cicero
    Cambridge, UK
    4/14/13
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    "How to be a funny, warm, entertaining woman"

    I was always a bit suspicious of Caitlin Moran - her reputation as a clever, cool writer seemed to precede her. Then I heard her being interviewed on Radio 4 and her warmth and wit struck me. There is no pomposity, no intellectual superiority, even though she is quite probably intellectually superior to your average Joe. She is quite simply a funny woman with a quirky story, and tells it with style.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • kamila
    GREENFORD, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "A must read"

    one of the funniest books I've had a pleasure to read in a long time!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Tadcaster, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Useful for men to read too!"

    Laugh out loud funny, brutally honest and thought provoking in equal measure. Not just a guide on 'how to be a woman' but a guide for men to on how better to understand partners and daughters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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