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Publisher's Summary

Fearlessly frank and funny, the debut adult novel from Dawn O'Porter needs to be talked about.
COW [n.] /kaʊ/A piece of meat; born to breed; past its sell-by date; one of the herd.
Women don't have to fall into a stereotype.
The Cows is a powerful novel about three women. In all the noise of modern life, each needs to find her own voice. It's about friendship and being female. It's bold and brilliant. It's searingly perceptive. It's about never following the herd. And everyone is going to be talking about it.
©2017 Dawn O'Porter (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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Critic Reviews

"A funny, smart, kind, incredibly truthful book about women...all the shame, judgement, envy and love that being alive and female entails." (Polly Vernon)
"Smart and insightful." (RED)
"Dawn's writing is addictive - fearless, beyond feisty and seriously funny." (Mel Giedroyc)
"Funny and excruciating. You'll think about it for weeks!" (Kristen Wiig)
"I loved it. Funny, moving, twisty.... Wow! I couldn't stop reading it." (Jill Mansell)
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By ROBIN on 04-20-17

I listened to it anyway...

One of the reviews I read for this book said "cringe-worthy", and shortly into the story I realized it absolutely IS cringe-worthy... but I am SO glad I listened to it anyway! This book is unlike any I have ever read or listened to, and I am so glad that I didn't miss out. I cringed, I laughed out loud more than once, I found myself almost in tears at one point, and now I'm sad that it's over, but happy that I read it. Easily 5 stars

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By PollyAnna2 on 01-12-18

Absolutely Loved it!!!

Really fantastic writing! Witty, relatable and totally engaging.
The narration was stellar by all three characters as well.
Will definitely be looking forward to more from this author!

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By Hippynat on 05-24-17


Feminism how it should be, honest and gory in its detail ( but not in a horrid way!) it was really well written and (key) really well read by different actors and Dawn - I haven't been able to stop listening! I've enjoyed it immensely and cannot wait for more by Dawn. I loved her other books (though I'm definitely not a teenager) but this was more realistic and I felt really connected to the characters.Such a gem of a book I'd recommend it to women and men such a breathe a fresh air from chick lit. Go read it 😊

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

By Beth Jones on 07-07-17

My favourite Audible listen so far! By a mile!

And there have been loads, trust me! Truly excellent and delivered on every level. A must listen for anyone.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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By Amazon Customer on 07-17-17

Loved it!

From cover to cover I loved every minute of this book! I laughed, cried, cringed and blushed. I'd never read anything from Dawn O'Porter before but i will be eagerly awaiting her next book!

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By Amazon Customer on 06-06-17

Fantastic. Couldn't stop listening.

This is a book I will recommend to friends. It was well written, well paced and, best of all, the characters were relevant, well developed and believable. The author paints a fascinating picture of womanhood and feminism in the 21st century, particularly focusing on the irrepressible impact of the internet in modern day life.
The story gets a little out there at the end but it was so enjoyably put together that I didn't mind much. The only other slight criticism I have is that it addressed only a very few of the issues significant to modern feminism and ignored the rest. We got motherhood, workplace sexism, heterosexual promiscuity and that's it. A very minor criticism because there's obviously a limit to how many topics can feature in a novel. I think I kept coming up with more "but what about...?" questions than the author answered.

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