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Moranthology
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on 3 March 2016
I love her writing! I think 'How to be a Woman' was the best feminist handbook I've ever read. CM writes about the things that women think and feel, with minimum pandering to political correctness or worries about things like not talking about 'wimmin's issues' in front of men. These columns are great, with several 'snort out loud' lines. Pretty well edited and proofed, with only a few typos here and there. I'm pretty sure that a reference to a member of Paul McCartney's retinue "balling" someone out was a misspelling - but worth it for the initial pornographic mental image!
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on 23 March 2013
A bit of a break from fiction for me here but having loved Caitlin Moran's first book 'How to be a Woman' (I read that in a day) I was eager to get my hands on a copy of her next book. I was delighted to find that this book is written with exactly the same voice as her previous novel, a voice which completely permeates everything around you. So, as before, it felt like she was reading her own words to me and only me. I think that it is one of the reasons I can get through her work so quickly, it feels like listening to someone over a glass of wine or two and discussing what is going on in the world and what to do about it.

Because this book is a collection of columns rather than chapters as such, it had a slightly different feel from the last book, but meant that this is the perfect book to read on a commute or when you don't have much time to read a great big chunk of book at a time. It also means that the reader can pick and choose what they want to read about that day. I admit that there were some things that she wrote about in this book which don't interest me at all. I am guilty of skipping through the sections about Dr Who as I am simply not a fan of that show, but if you are-you will love her witty take on the hit BBC series!

This book had a great balance of her own personal stories, some hilarious laugh-out-loud moments with her husband and her chatting in bed, with her opinions on current issues, as well as some of her interviews and encounters with other celebrities or writers. Because of this beautiful balance, there really is something in there for everyone, male or female. Whilst I think that her first book had a very specifically female target audience, this collection of columns could be picked up and enjoyed by anyone. It really was a welcome break from fiction for a bit, and has all the comedy, thought provoking moments, and heart warming tales as any novel I have read recently. I thoroughly recommend you let this woman's voice into your heads the same way that I did!
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on 21 June 2013
I had recently finished "How to be a Woman" by Caitlin Moran and went looking for more of her writing, which is assured, insightful and occasionally just very very funny. I have laughed out loud on the train reading this; I have also had tears in my eyes from some of the pieces here: there's one particular article summing up her life in under 900 words which was so stunningly beautiful and so honest that it stopped me in my tracks. The political articles will of course become less topical over time but this anthology has been really well-assembled to cover, in the main, topics which will survive into the future. As a long-time fan of Clive James' writing on television, Caitlin Moran's reviews are a natural successor, and fans of Dr Who and Sherlock will love the articles on both. I can't find anything wrong with this, other than being sad that there isn't a second volume.
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on 22 August 2013
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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on 16 August 2013
I bought this book (even though the title put me off, a bit cringey) because I absolutely loved her first book 'How to be a Woman' and have given it to loads of people. This was probably then inevitably going to be a little disappointing, This is not one book but a series of her articles with introductions which are all very good, well thought out and funny but there is also quite a lot of celeb loving, again a bit cringey, sort of seems like she is sucking up or hero worshipping and chat about Doctor Who and other TV programmes which I don't watch. Generally still a good fun read though and I just feel like I want her to be my friend, she's such a nice person!
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on 29 May 2013
I love Caitlin Moran: I really do. Her first novel 'How to be a Woman' had me crying with laughter to the amusement of a train full of passengers on a busy commute. Moranthology has the same quirky, irreverent undertones, if not the same depth. Because it is a collection of columns and musings rather than a linear novel, it is possibly not quite as funny or engaging but her talent does shine through nonetheless.

Reminiscing from her teenage years she had me giggling to myself again, recognising that all-out confidence and b******* we all have at 16. Moran is sharp and quick-witted and her comments on transgender and feminism in particular are crisp and clever. Some columns are better than others (her carrying a lemon cake in a suitcase through London for an interview is priceless) but overall it is impossible to read this book and not fall a little under the charm of Ms Moran.

One small grumble but this is entirely personal: Caitlin rants about Charlie and Lola which in my household is sacred and the whole family holds Lola as one of the best characters ever created. This apart, read this book in one sitting and like me sigh and feel slightly depressed because a) you would like to write as well a this and b) you would like Caitlin Moran as one of your friends.

This is definitely one for the sisterhood although my poor husband endured me reading all passages to him and even found it slightly amusing.

Not high literature but the best kind of literature: something which makes you wish you knew the author and moreover that she would hurry up and write something else.
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on 18 July 2015
Recommended to me by my sister in law when my husband was in a coma following emergency surgery.... I requested some thing uplifting and funny. This is so much more, hilarious, thought provoking and insightful. I highly recommend it. I am now returning to the amazon page to purchase another of her books!
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on 7 August 2014
Love Caitlin and love "how to be a woman" - I would give this five stars if it was not for the fact it was recycled columns but then that is the premise of the book, but I thought it was going to be new stuff when I bought it so was a little bit disappointed, but that's all. Otherwise she is her witty fabulous self and I cannot hear the lady Gaga story enough anyway!! Fans will love it.
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on 21 October 2014
I thought this was great and have been passing it on to friends who have also enjoyed it. My only quibble is that it's very nearly all been already published so a quick run through the archives of The Times would probably yield a similar result. I wish I could give it 4 3/4 stars but that's not an option and I think the rating has to reflect that it's not perfect.
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on 31 March 2013
After reading Moran's fantastically amusing How To Be A Woman I snapped up this collection of news pieces by Moran but I was disappointed. The pieces cover anything from Ghostbusters to David Cameron and everything in between. Her coverage of the media circus that was Michael Jackson's funeral is particularly funny but in the main I lost interest about halfway through the book. Ah well.
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