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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

Critic Reviews

"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

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.

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  • Colleen
  • Gaborone, Botswana
  • 07-02-12

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

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  • A User
  • amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 06-04-12

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.

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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

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This book is a friend you always wanted to have!

I love this book- and to listen to it was an extraordinary experience!
it was like having a chat with your best feminist friend while she explained to you all you ever wanted to hear-about your womanhood- all the necessary detail every woman will go through in her life eventualy but nobody ever talks about it,or eplains or educate!
it is marvelous!

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Generally funny, but I expected something more

In my opinion this book is a reasonably funny autobiography which talks about today's view of what it means to be a woman. Nicely read.

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Best way to get into feminism

Feminism in a hilarious jacket. She talks about her way of finding out how to be a woman and threads recognizable situations in there!

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How Caitlin Moran Wants to be a Woman

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.

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Ludicrousness, hilarity, and food for thought.

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.

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  • Lisa
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • 04-02-14

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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  • GlaswegianLassie
  • 12-23-12

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.

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  • Lindsay Kay Caddy
  • 05-06-12

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.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • kamila
  • 12-23-12

A must read

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

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  • Ms Sheila Cahill
  • 12-24-12

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.

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  • Margo Noo
  • 12-23-12

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.

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  • Natalie
  • 10-07-12

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.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • K Cicero
  • 04-14-13

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.

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  • Mr
  • 12-23-12

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.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Miss
  • 11-23-12

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.

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  • Saffy
  • 07-18-12

A Fantastic listen

What a fantastic listen! This is a superb mixture of an autobiography and a feminist manifest and I found myself completely drawn into Caitlin's hilarious family. Some laugh out loud moments and so many observations I was cheering at. Brilliantly narrated by the author.

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  • Kai1
  • 12-14-16

Proper good bab' (as they'd say in Wolverhampton)

Who was your favorite character and why?

Caitlin herself. I lived for like ten years in Wolves' (her hometown) so understandably I'm probably slightly biased about how awesome this book is, probably because I'm still coming to terms with how awesome Caitlin Moran is! Seriously, how edge case is her scenario?! Growing up home schooled, self educated, living in a council estate on welfare.. to writing one of the most incredible feminist literature books of the 21st century.

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

If you like the dulcet tones of a Wolverhampton accent' at length go for it ;-)

Any additional comments?

This is written from her passionate, quirky perspective but yet manages to write down what a lot of us have been thinking and feeling. I've lost count on how many other books reference this one; from Clementine Ford's 'Fight like a girl' to 'Amy Poehlers -'Yes please.' it keeps coming up. I love the simple formula it provides to work out if "some misogynistic societal pressure is being exerted on women by calmly enquiring, ‘And are the men doing this, as well?’ If they aren’t, chances are you’re dealing with what we strident feminists refer to as ‘some total bull ##it’.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-15-17

Laughed my Tits Off

What a perfect voice to have in your head whilst creating bouquets for Mother's Day here in Australia. I chuckled out loud, nodded sagely, had an epiphany and stubbed my toe over the course of this gritty, hilarious and totally relatable tour de force. Give this fat chick more please!

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  • Melanie Clark
  • 04-09-16

AMAZING!

A must read for all. Men in particular! Could be titled "Understanding Why Women ..."

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  • Skeeter
  • 03-18-16

Terrible

Take my review with a pinch of salt because I only listen for a couple of painful hours. I bought this one off the back of "Is it just me" which was just brilliant so it might be that nothing could stack up to Miranda Hart's brilliance and humour. But I didn't laugh once during How to be a Woman because it wasn't funny or amusing....and I'm a feminist. I found it distasteful. For the sake of a wasted audio credit I kept listening longer than I should have.

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  • Sam
  • 12-02-15

eye opener

narrator was fantastic especially with mocking accents! totally a game Changer for me - read it!

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  • rah
  • 04-13-15

funny and true

it all comes down to "is it polite?"... i will be sharing this book with my four daughters as they grow up.

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  • Kate
  • 10-20-17

loved it!

Honest, humble and relatable stories. This book made me smile, nod and think "yes!" on more than one occasion!

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  • Ceinwen
  • 08-27-17

Absolutely brilliant!

I loved this so much I struggled to have to pause it for toilet breaks. This is a book EVERYONE can enjoy. Moran is funny, sassy and optimistic.

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  • Kim
  • 08-12-17

funny and thought-provoking

Excellent narration and very funny. Caitlin raises many good points about life and how to be a woman.

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  • Evita
  • 07-27-16

the best book!!

it was amazing I could not stop listening to it
.I could relate so much..I would read it again and again