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Publisher's Summary

GALAXY NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER 2011: BOOK OF THE YEAR
BRITISH PRESS AWARDS CRITIC AND INTERVIEWER OF THE YEAR 2011
BRITISH PRESS AWARDS COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR 2010

1913 - Suffragette throws herself under the King's horse. 1969 - Feminists storm Miss World. Now - Caitlin Moran rewrites "The Female Eunuch" from a bar stool and demands to know why pants are getting smaller. There's never been a better time to be a woman: we have the vote and the Pill, and we haven't been burnt as witches since 1727. However, a few nagging questions do remain...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 firstnovel, 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.
©2011 Caitlin Moran (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"Spectacular! Very, very funny, moving and revealing" (Jonathan Ross)
"I adore, admire and - more - am addicted to Caitin Moran’s writing." (Nigella Lawson)
"Moran's writing sparkles with wit and warmth. Like the confidences of your smartest friend." (Simon Pegg)
“I devoured How to Be A Woman in one sitting...this is the book that frustrated boyfriends have wanted someone...to write for decades” (Dan Stevens, The Times)
“The book EVERY woman should read” (Grazia)
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By Sara on 07-14-12

Stirring Stuff!

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 07-02-12

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?

No

Any additional comments?

No

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By GlaswegianLassie on 12-23-12

Indispensable listening

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 kamila on 12-23-12

A must read

one of the funniest books I've had a pleasure to read in a long time!

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By Kai1 on 12-14-16

Proper good bab' (as they'd say in Wolverhampton)

Who was your favorite character and why?

Caitlin herself. I lived for like ten years in Wolves' (her hometown) so understandably I'm probably slightly biased about how awesome this book is, probably because I'm still coming to terms with how awesome Caitlin Moran is! Seriously, how edge case is her scenario?! Growing up home schooled, self educated, living in a council estate on welfare.. to writing one of the most incredible feminist literature books of the 21st century.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If you like the dulcet tones of a Wolverhampton accent' at length go for it ;-)

Any additional comments?

This is written from her passionate, quirky perspective but yet manages to write down what a lot of us have been thinking and feeling. I've lost count on how many other books reference this one; from Clementine Ford's 'Fight like a girl' to 'Amy Poehlers -'Yes please.' it keeps coming up. I love the simple formula it provides to work out if "some misogynistic societal pressure is being exerted on women by calmly enquiring, ‘And are the men doing this, as well?’ If they aren’t, chances are you’re dealing with what we strident feminists refer to as ‘some total bull ##it’.

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By Anonymous User on 05-15-17

Laughed my Tits Off

What a perfect voice to have in your head whilst creating bouquets for Mother's Day here in Australia. I chuckled out loud, nodded sagely, had an epiphany and stubbed my toe over the course of this gritty, hilarious and totally relatable tour de force. Give this fat chick more please!

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