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  • Hardcover: 357 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; 1st edition (13 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091940885
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091940881
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.3 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,816 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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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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73 of 83 people found the following review helpful By blacktaffeta on 6 Nov. 2012
Format: Paperback
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 keen reader on 5 Mar. 2015
Format: Paperback
Tabloid writing in broadsheet columns. Camilla Long does it for the same shareholders too. I read " How To Be A Woman" and aside from some shocking generalisations without anything to back them up I found myself enjoying it and even laughing aloud at many of her witty and intelligent points.

Moran is talented and can write and comes across as incredibly warm, friendly and genuine. This collection of articles is too long and I found the vast amount of the material here reading like something for a teenage girl magazine. Too much focus and emphasis on mediocrity and talking absolute nonsense about nothing in particular. Her piece on Gaga in Germany was excruciating to read and her interview with Keith Richards could have been summed up as...I think you are so rock n roll cos you smoke, took loads of drugs and you play guitar maaaaaan!...

But then we come to the parts where she shows us that she can write. I thought the story about her going back to her childhood holiday resort was filled with some beautiful imagery and showed someone with real skill and heart. Her opening up about some of her darker days with drugs and friends with psychological issues were also nicely written and left you shouting, "Yes we want more of this!" I also applaud her vocal support for local libraries.

In her previous book at times it was like meeting up with an old friend as you laughed about shared memories but then with this it's like when that friend has stayed too long and had a bit too much to drink and they start to ramble about nonsense and then you remember why you haven't seen them in so long in the first place.
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