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Moranthology [Hardcover]

Caitlin Moran
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Book Description

13 Sep 2012

Possibly the only drawback about the bestselling 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:

Caffeine | Ghostbusters | Being Poor | Twitter | Caravans | Obama | Wales | Marijuana Addiction |Paul McCartney | The Welfare State | Sherlock | David Cameron Looking Like Ham | Amy Winehouse | Elizabeth Taylor's Eyes | Michael Jackson's Funeral | 'The Big Society' | Big Hair | Nutter-letters | Failed Nicknames | Wolverhampton | Squirrels' Testicles | Sexy Tax | Binge-drinking | Chivalry | Rihanna's Cardigan | Boris Johnson - Albino Shag-hound | Party Bags | Hot People| Transsexuals | The Gay Moon Landings | My Own, Untimely Death

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; First Edition edition (13 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091940885
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091940881
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hilarious [and] sharply intelligent ... she is one of the most astute social commentators hitting a keyboard today ... guaranteed to brighten up anyone's life" (Independent)

"As insightful and every bit as funny as her last book, but with broader range" (Elle)

"Properly funny, naughty and admirably no-nonsense, it's every bit as brilliant as you'd expect" (Closer)

"Funny, eye opening, and thought provoking . another must-read" (Good Housekeeping)

"Fasten your seat belts and enjoy the ride" (Red magaine)

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Britain's most talented, award-winning columnist and bestselling author of How To Be a Woman collected here for the very first time

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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Oh, Ms Moran. I am sad and disappointed by this book. I had waited for it like a child waits for Christmas, and read it the first day it downloaded itself onto my Kindle.

If I hadn't read "How to be a Woman" this would have been a very, very funny book. But because it's a collection of articles, it is somehow...not very satisfying in book format. One can, at times, almost sense the desperation of the author, up against her deadline, typing away furiously in order to fill up that 600 word count with Sherlock fangirl love before the editor explodes. If this had been advertised properly as a selection of the Times columns, it would have been a very good book indeed. However, it was publicised as "all the stuff that didn't fit into "How to be a Woman"". And it's not, really. There is a great deal of churnalism. We've heard about the going clubbing with Lady Gaga. We know your views on burqas and the test for sexism (is it polite? Are the men doing it?) We remember you talking about being horrifically late to interview the PM.

Don't misunderstand. This is not a bad book. I would be being very, very unfair indeed if I were to suggest that this isn't enjoyable. There are some lovely purple patches about Downton Abbey, the beauty of Wales and the disconcerting resemblance of David Cameron to a gammon (yup, that hits the nail on the head. Or the clove into the gammon). The elogy on Ghostbusters and the versatility of its one liners was classic Moran: "Back off, man - I'm a scientist" is the one I find myself using the most often; most recently when the logic in opening a bottle of warm rose at 3am was brought into question". The piece on libraries is one of the most beautiful things written in the English language, and made me cry, a little bit.
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59 of 68 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One way to get behind The Times' paywall ... 6 Nov 2012
First the good news. Caitlin Moran's journalism has for some time been largely hidden from view unless you buy The Times. Now here are many of her articles available to us all - really, a lot of them - it's a good-sized book. And if you like her writing, you'll like this. She is genuinely funny and seldom dull.

I bought How To Be a Woman, but I didn't buy this. I borrowed it from the library. For two reasons.

1. She is, theoretically at least, passionately pro-libraries so I imagine she should be all in favour of that.
2. I read a quote from her that every time she sees someone with a copy of her book, she says "Kerching" under her breath. And that's not very nice, is it?

So this brings me to the bad news. Underneath all the brilliance and the determination to entertain, I sense something rather like contempt for her readership, who after all provide her with a huge income. When I saw her speak last year she was hung over. All those people had paid to see her and she couldn't stay sober the night before. There's also something uncomfortable for me about the way she writes about her children - about her attitude to her husband - about her massive self-belief (please don't write about world economics again, Caitlin. You have no understanding of economics. It makes you look stupid as well as arrogant and I'm sure you don't want that).

Also, the later articles are not as well-written as the earlier ones. Churning out all those words every week seems to be taking its toll and it's clear she's ready to move on from journalism.

Therefore, three stars. Read the book fast, revel in her facility with language, enjoy her interviews with the cream of the entertainment world. Just don't look too deep beneath the surface, because you might not like what you find.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Pixie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Ok read. It drags up bits of "How to be a woman" far too much. I found this book quite slow. Not a patch on "how to be a woman"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly boring 19 Sep 2013
By Mike
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This turned out to be effectively a reprint of old and out of date articles and,after the amusing introduction, was just not very interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really readable 22 Aug 2013
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If you like Caitlin Moran you'll enjoy this. Great if you missed any of her columns in The Times, or you want to be reminded of what clever writing looks like. If you've never read any of her work, do give this a go. An opinion on everyone and everything. Probably something I'll go back to and dip in and out of again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I loved Caitlin Moran's How to Be a Woman --- after I got passed the crude start and a fair bit of unnecessary language. I bought Moranthology knowing it was a collection of her articles (which I have never read) and hoping for more of the same. What I got was a good collection of columns, but nothing that - for me - approached the insight and thought provoking read that was How to Be a Woman. Many of the themes were the same - poverty, celebrities, women's rights - and there are definately a few great quotations and laugh out loud moments. Still, I missed the 'extra something' that drove me to re-read chapters of How to Be a Woman and recommend it to my friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining 23 Oct 2012
By Maggie
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This was a book had looked forward to reading having enjoyed How to be a woman very much. It was good but I was a little disappointed as I did not feel the same connection while reading it. That said I did enjoy it
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ghostbusters!! 26 Nov 2012
By Simon
Reading through the reviews here on Amazon and elsewhere, it is clear that a few readers are a little disappointed about the fact that Moranthology is a collection of Caitlin Moran's Time's columns. I can possibly understand this - it isn't made clear, exactly. But you do have to ask yourself

a) What exactly is wrong with the idea (she's a great writer and great writers have been putting together anthologies for years and people seem to like them)? And...

b) ...if you read The Times regularly, surely it would have been difficult not to know what this book was about (they serialised it for a week!)

So, that's not a problem. And neither is the writing. The three weekly columns that Caitlin writes for the Times (Celebrity Watch, the TV review and Weekend magazine column) are invariably highlights of my weekly read. She is clever, funny and original. The punning is superb and the wit and rhythm is usually timed to perfection (sometimes it goes slightly wrong but even that's okay). Anybody who brought the world "the Gallery of Hotness" or "Shag Order" or who describes David Cameron as "a C3PO made of ham" is worth re-reading. There is a type of critic whose criticism is often more memorable and creative than the work he/she is critiquing - Caitlin Moran is right up there in that league (Ghostbusters!). When I heard this was effectively a `greatest hits' collection from the last few years, I didn't have to think twice about buying it. But then, there is a slight problem, a different one...

When you sit down to read this book, you will spot it quite quickly. It's not the message; it's the relentlessness of the message.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Moranthology Caitlin Moran
Essentially this is a collection of Caitlin's Time collumns so if you have already read them then i wouldn't buy this book, unless you really really loved them, in which case this... Read more
Published 23 days ago by S. Bruch
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny & thought provoking
I had just read 'How to be a woman' and wanted more of Caitlin's brand of humour and insight - I wasn't disappointed!
Published 1 month ago by Adele Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and Insightful
Despite people typing "lol" all the time at the moment there are very few things in the world actually laugh out loud funny. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Neil
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheered me up!
It's like having a really funny friend in the room with you. I'm quite disappointed she doesn't live next door.
Published 1 month ago by Ms. Elizabeth Woodward
5.0 out of 5 stars I guess it's a good book
I bought this as a gift for a friend and she seemed very happy with it so I guest it must be a good book. Thanks
Published 2 months ago by Lukas Jasinski
5.0 out of 5 stars This book got me through some tough first world dilemmas!
I love Caitlin Moran. Simple as that and this book just reaffirmed my love for her. It was interesting, funny and I literally couldn't put it down.
Published 2 months ago by Adasunshine
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I would recommend
I enjoy reading anything by Moran as her writing is so fabulous I especially love how she can make me laugh
Published 2 months ago by StarWeaver
5.0 out of 5 stars Caitlin Moran - Moranthology
Hilarious as always - had my daughter and I laughing out loud. My favourite story is the first one, Call me Puffin but there is something in every one that makes you want to keep... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Wendy A Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars So much wit!
Caitlin Moran is a fantastic, writty writer who can write about any subject under the sun with intelligence, understanding and seriousness, where needed! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Frances Barefield
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit Samey
I was excited to read this as "How to be a woman" was absolutely fantastic, this one is a little bit repetitive and there seems to be a considerable amount of rambling... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Saharasun
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