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"I adore, admire and - more - am addicted to Caitin Moran's writing" (Nigella Lawson)
"I have been waiting for this book my whole life" (Claudia Winkleman)
"This might just be the funniest intelligent book ever written .. Moran's work packs a feminist punch in a way that Germaine Greer and an entire army of female eunuchs could never do, because she writes about things we've all done, thought, and said - but not quite so eloquently...the book everyone will be talking about" (Stylist)
"Moran's writing sparkles with wit and warmth. Like the confidences of your smartest friend" (Simon Pegg)
"It would almost be unkind to call this an important book, because what it mostly is is engaging, brave and consistently, cleverly naughtily funny, but actually it is important that we talk about this stuff" (Katy Guest Independent on Sunday)
"Humour and common sense make Moran's redefining of what it means to be a feminist as readable as it is essential" (Elle)
"Spectacular! Very, very funny, moving and revealing" (Jonathan Ross)
"It is so brilliant ... it deserves to be read more than once" (Emma Watson)
"A must read for all humans, this" (Dave Sexton Evening Standard)
"The book EVERY woman should read" (Grazia)
About the Author
Caitlin Moran is the eldest of eight children, home-educated on a council estate in Wolverhampton, believing that if she were very good and worked very hard, she might one day evolve into Bill Murray.
She published a children’s novel, The Chronicles of Narmo, at the age of 16, and became a columnist at The Times at 18. She has gone on to be named Columnist of the Year six times. At one point, she was also Interviewer and Critic of the Year - which is good going for someone who still regularly mistypes ‘the’ as ‘hte’. Her multi-award-winning bestseller How to Be a Woman has been published in 28 countries, and won the British Book Awards’ Book of the Year 2011. Her two volumes of collected journalism, Moranthology and Moranifesto, were Sunday Times bestsellers, and her novel, How to Build a Girl, debuted at Number One, and is currently being adapted as a movie. She co-wrote two series of the Rose d’Or-winning Channel 4 sitcom Raised by Wolves with her sister, Caroline.
Caitlin lives on Twitter with her husband and two children, where she spends her time tweeting either about civil rights issues, or that picture of Bruce Springsteen when he was 23, and has his top off. She would like to be remembered as ‘a very sexual humanitarian’.
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I even had to stifle a sudden giggle, which turned into an explosive snort, while reading on the train home. Moran pulls no punches and can be very 'in your face' with emotional and bodily descriptions but offers keen observations on life. I read Moran's 'How to Build a Girl' first and enjoyed it enormously. Had no problem lending it to my 16 year old niece but I'd be a little more uneasy sharing 'How to Be a Woman' partly because we aren't all as precocious as Moran would have us believe she was at the same age. All in all a good fun read, not too taxing.
I like her confidence and openness about her experience of being a woman, but I wouldn't consider this a deep book in any sense, or one that really considers a variety of experiences. I guess it doesn't suggest it would, I just made an assumption.
However, I'm glad I read it and now I know what she's about I will read more of her works :). Because you know, *stands on chair and shouts*, I am a feminist.
For the opinionated take this with a pinch of salt, you are after all reading someone else's opinions.
The autobiographical side works far better than the feminist side in my opinion, and herein lie the many highlights. Moran's older sister displays a tremendous array of put-downs and one-liners that frequently had me in stitches, and there are some great stories about, in particular, pubic hair and red wine spillages (unconnected, I might add).
If you're looking to be entertained by a genuinely funny and clever writer, this is definitely worth checking out.
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