Possibly the only drawback about the best-selling How to Be a Woman was that its author, Caitlin Moran, was limited to pretty much one subject: being a woman.
Moranthology is proof that Caitlin can actually be ‘quite chatty’ about many other things, including cultural, social and political issues which are usually the province of learned professors, or hot-shot wonks – and not a woman who once, as an experiment, put a wasp in a jar, and got it stoned.
These other subjects include:
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"Funny, insightful, & tough-talking, classic Moran"
I had recently read 'How to be a Woman' and then seen Moran do a reading from youtube, so when I saw that she had another book out, I thought it would be one to listen to, rather than read, because she narrates it herself. I wasn't disappointed, although it is not as funny as 'How to be a Woman', its still a really good listen.
I love Caitlin Moran's attitude, I always have. She's someone I've been aware of since she first appeared on our televisions in Naked City, but have loved her all the more in recent years reading every article that I have come across, and compounded that love with her wonderful 'How to be a Woman'.
This collection of columns is brilliantly delivered with the vivacity and honesty you expect, and whilst many columnists often mostly rely on the rye, sarcastic angle to their observations of life, Moran also demonstrates a wonderful capacity for genuinely good writing too. Her descriptions of Elizabeth Taylor and Amy Winehouse are magical and serious subjects like mental health are touching, but ultimately fearless and real.
I am not a big-haired girl, I've simply never been blessed with the locks required, but I hope she'd let me be in her gang anyway.
This was tedious. A collection of half-thought-out, solipsistic and trivial brain burps interspersed with a few tales of starstruck fawning. Rather a disappointment given that How to be a Woman was genuinely funny and thought-provoking. Ho-hum.
The most irritating thing was her inability to pronounce the word 'Wholly' as 'Whole-ly'. Instead, she repeatedly said 'Holly' instead. This would not have been a problem were it not for the fact that she overuses the word so. By the 11th or 12th time, I was ready to scream.
My lady and I mainly listen to Audiobooks to fall asleep to but I've not enjoyed this collection as much as I'd anticipated (having nurtured a crush on the writer since my teens too!).
The content is a touch smug and I'm not a huge fan of the writer's voice which occasionally swings into a condescending nag. That said, Moran has lots to say and is never boring!
"Stop looking at this and get it!"
I'm a 21 year old, single, straight male and having attempted to listen to 'How to be a woman' on the basis it was in comedy and on sale at the time -I was hooked. Simply put there are three elements to this book that will keep you listening or at least kept me listening.
1. Her voice is gorgeous, absolutely amazing to listen to. 50 shades has got nothing on this voice... I think.
2. The content is entertaining, funny and again amazing. Caitlin is a lucky girl to say the least to be hanging with the Stars.
3. Her personality is unbeatable. There's a reason why she's a writer and I would buy the reason of Personality. Her views make sense and everything she says feels like it could fit in a library.
If you haven't listened to How to be a woman go and do so, unless you're a little bit cringe worthy to young teenage girls growing up in which case listen to this then that.
Get it, get it now is all I can say.
Absolutely, It has much that I think everyone should have a listen to/read at, Her "How to be a woman" was brilliant too.
Caitlin, because she's the interviewer after all.
I've only read her other book but I have listened to her being interviewed. She's equally entertaining whatever side she is on.
I'm not sure about her pronunciation of the word "wholly" though.
"Repeat from How To Be A Woman."
I had some serious issues with this book.
I really enjoyed How To Be A Woman and went on to get this one with high hopes of another good read. The problem with this book for me is that whilst How To Be A Woman is "ranty" at times it has a real narrative and purpose. You also feel like more of the rants are justified or relatable.
In this one however the rants are more random and to me feels a bit irrelevant and self indulgent to put in a book - I mean she hates Lola from Charlie and Lola... ok. And two chapters are just love letters to Doctor Who and Sherlock, with large sections that are reviews from the series.
My main peeve about this book however is that she repeats the Lady Gaga encounter from How To Be A Woman in some paragraphs word for word from How To Be A Woman. Lazy. And I think a bit rude to those of us who bought both books. I understand that this was a big moment for her, but at least paraphrase or bring something new to the story...
Buy How To Be A Woman instead!!! that one is really great!!
"good but repetitive"
love Moran, but this isn't as good as how to be a woman - just a collection of her articles, so if you already follow her there is alot of repetition
"Joyous, heartbreaking and funny."
I have not read the book, though it is in my too read pile, but having Cate read her book to me on long drives over the past month has been great.
This is not an autobiography, not a traditional monologue, not a political treatise. But what it is, in my reading world, is unique. It is a series of blogs linked together with her musings. It is worth it just for that. Dip in and out and when you go back within a minute she has your attention again.
There is only one character of note in the volume. And that is Caitlin Moran, in all her guises. Child through grownup, parent, journalist, friend, wife, mother, daughter. There are few books as searingly honest about the myriad of roles a women plays and all written through her coloumn.
Don't give up on me because i'm not done with you.
Some curmudgeons on here complain there is too much Sherlock and Dr Who in here. There simply isn't. Out of the 10 + hours it is well under 30 minutes and what it is, aside from a fan girl letter, is talking about pop culture.
Be warned though that there are bits in here that will have you crying your eyes out, and if a woman, as mad as hell. Sometimes, without shouting the word feminist, some of what she says causes knots of anger and disbelief that we have to do something and have to change. And then within a few minutes, you're laughing again. But the knot is still there.
"Funny and truthful"
Really enjoyed the narration, Caitlin is great, energy and enthusiasm. The articles are great, a memorable one being Ronnie Wood. Sometimes the way she pronounced certain words (wholly, couture) jarred slightly but that is minor, overall it was wonderful and I have already bought how to build a girl to listen to next.
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