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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens; 1st Paperback Edition edition (1 July 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552527246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552527248
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 368,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Before the woman came the girl - Caitlin Moran's hilarious debut novel, inspired by her own childhood and written when she was just fifteen years old.

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DOWN WITH SCHOOL! LONG LIVE SAYTIME TV!

Fifteen-year old Morag Narmo objects on principle to going to school any more. But she is stunned when her parents agree to let her leave (though probably on the dubious grounds that they don't ever again want to buy her another totally gross size 18 blazer). Not only that, but they whisk the whole family out of school (a potential saving of numerous blazers). And so the year begins . . .

But with five children, two struggling parents and a pair of dogs that resemble walking sofas, the Narmo family give a whole new meaning to the word 'education'. Even simple things like going out for the day take on a whole new dimension of People Being Confused . . .


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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Jun. 1999
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This is a brilliant first novel by a home-educated teenager, combining an unusual tendency towards fantasy with a hilarious but very down-to-earth description of family life in a large homeschooling family. Particularly impressive is her rendering of two-year-old Poppy, given how notoriously difficult toddlers are to convey convincingly in print - Caitlin Moran's ear for dialogue is uncanny. We have just taken our children out of school and Caitlin is a shining example of what not going to school can achieve. Is it too late to hope for a sequel?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. E. Thomsen on 24 Jun. 2013
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I jumped for joy when I found this - having read 'Moranthology' and 'How to be a Woman' 6 times I was desperate to find something else she had written. This was Moran's first book (written in her teens) and is based on her own family - on occation balancing so closely towards tragedy that the story almost tips over the edge, yet you laugh.... and then thank your lucky star that you get to visit the Narmos rather then live with them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Noyes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Dec. 2014
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I recently read Terry Pratchett's Dragons at Crumbling Castle and was impressed with the promise he showed as a teenage writer. Caitlin blows him out of the water! If you didn't know this piece of writing was conceived by a teenage girl, you would be hard-pressed to guess it.

This is funny, witty, snide, with regular references to high- and low-brow culture, Caitlin uses her own family as a basis for some hilarious anecdotal stories from her teenage life in a large and eccentric family.

The maturity of the writing is astonishing. I laughed out loud several times, and just loved the whole family, from devious yet angelic baby Poppy to overwrought dad Bill.

There is a running joke about Morag's bread that is very funny, some Christmas and Easter tales, holidays, home school inspectors, and Morag as eldest child of five doubles as Caitlin's alter-ego, the slightly-overweight wannabe writer with a chaotic family life living in the back end of nowhere (my home town) living form one child benefit payment to the next.

In one scene, Morag's younger brother gets upset, and gave "a high-pitched wail that sent several devout Muslims to prayer."
In another, a queue waiting for a jumble sale to start "resembled a Chinese dragon made of bobble hats and blue rinses."
Just brilliant, varied, vivid writing.

So so jealous of her talent. I want this to be more widely known, and in schools as well - teenagers should know what others their age can achieve.

Please give this a try. You'll thank me.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. Halbert on 20 Jun. 2009
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i first read this when i was 9...i've recently re-read it at 24 and i still think it is knock-your-socks-off brilliant!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By heidi on 22 Oct. 2012
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If you love Adrian Mole then you'll love the Narmo family. Laugh out loud funny can't believe Moran wrote this at 16.
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25 of 33 people found the following review helpful By D. Hore on 26 Oct. 2011
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Currently this book has four reviews. Two of them are five stars - impressive for a book written when the author was fifteen years old. The others are one star - one because of complaints about the price before it was reissued, the other a short rant about Caitlin's award-winning journalism by someone who presumably hasn't read the book. (One should not write reviews of books without having read the book, oh no.) This seems very unfair.
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By miss reader on 20 Sept. 2014
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Loved this little book, for a fifteen year old its very sharpe and witty. Very inspiring to young women and Caitlin moran is a great role model for young girls. Up there with Judy blume and Jodie vivienna. Caitlin is amazing.
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By J. Carvell on 21 Aug. 2014
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A great read and interesting to see how Caitlin Moran's writing career began.
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