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
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.
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.
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