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by Caitlin Moran

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The follow-up to Caitlin Moran's breakout hit, How to Be a Woman—A hilarious collection of award-winning columns, available to American readers for the first time ever.

Possibly the only drawback to the bestselling How to Be a Woman was that its author, Caitlin Moran, was limited to pretty much one subject: being a woman.


The follow-up to Caitlin Moran's breakout hit, How to Be a Woman—A hilarious collection of award-winning columns, available to American readers for the first time ever.

Possibly the only drawback to the bestselling How to Be a Woman was that its author, Caitlin Moran, was limited to pretty much one subject: being a woman. Moranthology is proof that Caitlin can actually be "quite chatty" about many other things, including cultural, social, and political issues that are usually the province of learned professors or hot-shot wonks—and not of a woman who once, as an experiment, put a wasp in a jar and got it stoned. Caitlin ruminates on—and sometimes interviews—subjects as varied as caffeine, Keith Richards, Ghostbusters, Twitter, transsexuals, the welfare state, the royal wedding, Lady Gaga, and her own mortality, to name just a few. With her unique voice, Caitlin brings insight and humor to everything she writes.

Editorial Reviews

Abby O'Reilly
“Caitlin Moran is not only hilarious, sharply intelligent and so much more than a ‘shit Dickens or Orwell, but with tits’; she is one of the most astute social commentators hitting a keyboard today.”
Roisin Ingle
“A brilliant follow-up to How to Be a Woman….If you are a fan of common sense, comic writing and pop culture, buy [Moranthology] immediately.”
Claudia FitzHerbert
“[Moran’s] skill as an interviewer lies not in the killer question but in the way she conveys being there and messing it up. She is gleeful and rueful and on the money.”
Malena Watrous
Moranthology is a merry ramble on anything and everything. A diffuse collection allows Moran to show off her strengths: a broad range of interests, an almost canine enthusiasm, and a love of the world and its people that radiates from every page.
Elissa Schappell
“In Moranthology, a collection of [Moran’s] greatest hits, she has full rein to unleash a barrage of scorchingly funny and uncensored opinions on the rest of the known universe.”
Rachel Hurn
“Fans of Ms. Moran will be especially pleased that all the pith and wit about How to Be a Woman remain on display in Moranthology.”
Allison Block
“The truth will set you free, some say. In Moran’s case, it will make you guffaw… This witty and wise collection is sure to expand Moran’s fan base on this side of the pond.”
Library Journal
British journalist Moran’s (How To Be a Woman) award-winning columns for The Times are available here for an American audience for the first time. In the introduction, she declares her intentions to write “a collection of instances of how brilliant the world often is.” To that end, she covers topics that range from her personal history (being homeschooled in a housing project in the industrial city of Wolverhampton, her work interviewing musicians including Keith Richards and Lady Gaga), social issues (benefit reform, the welfare state, the importance of libraries, particularly to poor communities; she describes them as places “where the wealthy’s taxes pay for you to become a little more extraordinary”), and cultural matters (Michael Jackson’s funeral, her unexpected delight in the role-playing game World of Warcraft, how very, very good Stephen Moffat’s Sherlock is). Each essay offers readers a look at the world from the perspective of someone who is sharply intelligent, deeply kind, and extremely funny.

Verdict A must read for anyone who enjoys topical humor, personal narrative, or any kind of cracking good story.—Stephanie Klose, Library Journal
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Caitlin Moran's debut book, How to Be a Woman, was an instant New York Times bestseller. How to Build a Girl is her first novel since the one she wrote at fourteen, which doesn't count.

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bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
Caitlin Moran had a bestselling book, How To Be A Woman, a book that humorously and honestly celebrates being a woman and a feminist. That book's success led to another book, Moranthology, a compilation of Moran's columns from the Times of London. I have not yet read How To Be A Woman, but it is on my TBR list. As someone who used to write a weekly column on food and family, (and a feminist), I was really looking forward to this new book. Moran writes mostly about entertainment, and anyone who is a big fan of the British TV shows Dr. Who and Sherlock will surely enjoy her many columns on these iconic shows. She even gets a backstage visit to Dr. Who, and her analysis of this show has made me put the show in my NetFlix queue. She is not such a fan of Downton Abbey, which has become an American sensation. She has however become friendly with Dan Stevens, who plays handsome heir Matthew Crawley on Downton, and tells a very funny story about being with him at a bar in New York City. (Stevens is appearing on Broadway in The Heiress, and he is wonderful in it; if you get a chance to see that show, I recommend it.) My favorite entertainment story is her interview with Sir Paul McCartney. She missed her flight to his concert in Milan, but managed to salvage the interview. She thought she had asked him a brilliant question- "If you had a terrible accident and your face got all smashed up-heaven forbid, obviously- would you rebuild it to look like yourself, or would you change it, so you could finally be anonymous again?" She thought it was good question, touching "on fame, beauty, identity, ego and the idea of living two lives in one lifetime." He thought it was a terrible question. Moran shares some stories about her life, and the way she tortures her poor husband by waking him in the middle of the night to ask such questions as "what is the first thing you think of when you think of me?" is hilariously egotistical. One time he finally explodes at her, telling her that she is a slob (he is neat) and sharing a list of things that she has done to prove his point. (Some of them are kinda gross, I'll give him that.) If you liked How To Be A Woman, you will enjoy reading more of Moran's writings in this book. She is a very good writer, and like any good columnist (she won Columnist of the Year from the British Press) she is is economic with her words, cutting to the chase whilst getting to the (often funny) point. A quote from Marie Claire on the cover of the book compares her to "Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler, and Lena Dunham, all rolled into one", and I think that aptly describes Caitlin Moran. Humorous Anglophile feminists, this book is for you.
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Stephreads More than 1 year ago
I read How to Be a Woman and loved it, so was excited when this was a Nook deal. I found this collection of essays by Caitlin Moran to be humorous, but not as enjoyable as How to Be a Woman, only because of my own personal preferences. I definitely would recommend Moran as good reading, and was sad that getting a subscription to her regular column requires a subscription to the Times. I really enjoy her sense of humor and writing style, and her stories of her upbringing are especially entertaining.
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ualanook More than 1 year ago
Absolutely lovely essay on libraries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an answer to America's Tina Fey, Moran fails completely; I could not get through 1/3rd of her book without thinking I had better authors to read. I would place Moran in the same caterory with Sterling Archer, and that is not a compliment!!! -----Leonard