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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 (169 customer reviews)
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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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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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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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I love Moran's writing when it's light-hearted. It's funny, warm and charming. She is usually great at writing on popular culture and autobiographical events. There was a little of that involved in this collection, which I enjoyed.

Unfortunately any good stuff was heavily outweighed (maybe not literally, but by the end of the book it felt that way) by ill-conceived columns on various subjects that she, bafflingly, seems to have appointed herself a spokesperson for (at least, that's how it comes across).

To say Moran over-simplifies world issues is an understatement. This type of writing makes me baulk. It's not considered, funny or thought-provoking and it's impossible to take seriously when it's riddled with mawkish philosophizing, emotional outpouring and unrealistic solutions written in a 'why can't we all just get along' vein. At times it reads like a teenager's diary.
When I want to read about politics, or global issues, I look to the appropriate publications, or experts, or at least a writer who has thoroughly researched their subject; not a columnist/author famous for her 'Celebrity Watch' populist style.

(nb. I have also read How To Be A Woman, and found some of the language used a bit problematic - no, not the swearing - 'retard' & 'that napalm kid' for example. I disagreed with many of her views on feminism, finding them contradictory and ill-considered eg. burlesque good - stripping bad. Small pants bad - 'sexy' bra good. She was judgemental, ethnocentric and her musings lacked real, wider relevance. I gave her the benefit of the doubt as I did not consider it a serious attempt at academia.
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