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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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4 out of 5 stars
By Mark on 11-05-17

Smart, funny, feminist

I learned about this one after the author was on The Guilty Feminist podcast. Like that show, the book is smart and funny and examines the hypocrisies and insecurities that undermine efforts to be feminist. The writing operates in the vicinity of “Bridget Jones” and Liane Moriarty. The book revolves mostly around the idea of whether society allows 42-year-old moms to be sexual beings, after a main character’s private moment is caught on video and becomes a viral sensation. I’d read some reviews that things went too far, and I'll admit I was yelling “no, no, no!” when one of the characters did something seemingly unforgivable. But the power-of-sisterhood ending was perfect. Grade: A-

P.S. The audio version has three different narrators, including the author, and all are great.

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5 out of 5 stars
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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5 out of 5 stars
By Hippynat on 05-24-17

Awesome

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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11 of 12 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Loraine Thompson on 08-29-17

Did not enjoy

Rubbish. Sexual words and context written in a childish manner, and the heroine narrative sounded more like a teenage than mature adult with a child as depicted in the story. I completed the book, to see if it improved or at least had a sensible ending...it didn't.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 06-28-18

First review after reading 100s of books

I just had to review this!! I listened to this as an audio book and I’m so glad I did. Absolutely fantastic, did not want it to end. First book I have genuinely laughed out loud. Feel good book that makes you realise how amazing women really are without being too feministic.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jude Marshall on 05-11-18

New favourite!

Exciting, funny, modern and relatable- it’s brilliant
A must read and I will read again and again

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