Why are we supposed to get Brazilians? Should you get Botox? Do men secretly hate us? What should you call your vagina? Why does your bra hurt? And why does everyone ask you when you're going to have a baby? Part memoir, part rant, Caitlin Moran answers these questions and more in "How To Be A Woman" - following her from her terrible 13th birthday ("I am 13 stone, have no friends, and boys throw gravel at me when they see me") through adolescence, the workplace, strip clubs, love, fat, abortion, TopShop, motherhood and beyond.
Caitlin Moran had literally no friends in 1990, and so had plenty of time to write her first novel, The Chronicles of Narmo, at the age of fifteen. At sixteen she joined music weekly Melody Maker and at eighteen briefly presented the pop show Naked City on Channel 4. Following this precocious start she then put in eighteen solid years as a columnist on the Times - both as a TV critic and also in the most-read part of the paper, the satirical celebrity column "Celebrity Watch".
The eldest of eight children, home-educated in a council house in Wolverhampton, Caitlin read lots of books about feminism - mainly in an attempt to be able to prove to her brother, Eddie, that she was scientifically better than him. Caitlin isn't really her name. She was christened "Catherine". But she saw 'Caitlin' in a Jilly Cooper novel when she was 13 and thought it looked exciting. That's why she pronounces it incorrectly: "Catlin". It causes trouble for everyone.
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By GlaswegianLassie on 23-12-12
A wonderful book. Moran really has nailed the funny, frustrating and infuriating absurdities and injustices of everyday life for the modern woman. For me this book expresses really well a lot of the things women need to be fighting against and fighting for. And every issue is explored with great thoroughness, every argument rigorously evidenced. But it's not an academic text or political manifesto - it's a very entertaining, funny and often heartwarming autobiography, sometimes uncomfortable (the chapter on childbirth is not for the faint-hearted) but rightly so. And the author's reading is vibrant, emphatic and life-affirming. I found fifteen minutes with Caitlin a great tonic! Can't recommend this highly enough.
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By Sara on 14-07-12
This book should probably come with a an explicit language warning, but once you get past that, Ms Moran writes with clarity, honesty and humour. Her reading feels like having a clever, funny friend sitting on your sofa.
This is the sort of writing that gives feminism a good name.
I shall be giving a copy to my teenage daughter.
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By Colleen on 02-07-12
Cuts to the bone
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Every woman should know that there are other women who feel the same way.
What did you like best about this story?
The love that Caitlin feels for her siblings and her honesty in telling the story, a lot of people would shy away from the abortion.
What about Caitlin Moran’s performance did you like?
It is like sitting on the sofa having a chat with your mate.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
1 of 1 people found this review helpful