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. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062258533
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/06/2012
Pages: 237
Sales rank: 1,310,399
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Caitlin Moran’s debut book, How to Be a Woman, was an instant New York Times bestseller. Her first novel, How to Build a Girl, received widespread acclaim. She lives in London. You can follow Caitlin on Twitter: @caitlinmoran

Table of Contents

Introduction-or: I Try To Be Good 1

Part 1

Call Me Puffin 17

Caffeine-Lifeblood of the Twenty-first Century 20

Celebrity Watch Special: Michael Jackson's Memorial 23

I Am Caitlin Moran, and I Was a Skunk Addict 30

I Am Late to Interview the Prime Minister 34

What I Learned up a Mountain This Summer 37

I Am a Dwarf Called "Scottbaio" 41

I Do a Lot for Charity, but I Would Never Mention It 47

Ghostbusters Is the Greatest Film of All Time. Please Do Not Argue with Me. 50

Keith-Noddy Holder Says You Wear a Wig 54

Sherlock Review 1: Like a Jaguar in a Cello 69

Sherlock Review 2: The Frumious Cumberbatch 72

Hello. You Look Wonderful. 76

Part 2

First Time Ever I Saw Your Face 81

The Gay Moon Landings 84

We Only Had Two Transsexuals in Wolverhampton 87

Come Party With Gaga 90

MTV Hoes 106

Burqas: Are the Men Doing It? 109

This Cape Makes Me Look Like Wizbit 112

We Need Quotas, Ladies. Or We Will Be Lonely Pelicans. 115

I Would Like Some Chivalry, Please, Dude 118

Don't Feed the Troll 122

On the Set of Doctor Who 125

This is Not a Gift 134

Part 3

All the Ways I've Ruined Your Life 139

I Refuse to Make You Goody Bags. Leave Before I Summon a Policeman. 142

I Hate Charlie and Lola 145

The Horror of Daddy's Special Lemonade 148

In Defense of Binge Drinking 151

Aberystwyth: The Only Place I Stop Wanting 154

Libraries: Cathedrals of Our Souls 159

Unlike Most of the Coalition, I Was Raised on Benefits 162

I Know What It's Like to be Poor. They Took Away the TV, and We Cried. 165

I Love a Protestor. You Don't Need Answers-Just Questions. 168

Downton Abbey Review 1: Lady Mary's Haunted Vagina 171

Downton Abbey Review 2: "SEX WILL BE HAD! SEX WILL BE HAD!" 176

Summer Is an Emergency 180

Time Travel in the Same Four Places 183

Part 4

My French Dress 189

Sherlock Review 3: As Good as Television Gets 192

I Wish to Copyright My Hair 196

Chicks with Big Hair Are My Chicks 199

The Best Royal Wedding Ever 202

My Day with Paul McCartney. From the Beatles. 213

Celebrity Weight-Loss: The Truth 224

Elizabeth Taylor: Heavy, Like Wet Roses 227

Winehouse-Jump on Your Voice, Like a Lion, and Run Away 229

My Tragically Early Death 232

Acknowledgments 235

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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