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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 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. 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. ISBN 9780062124296.
Caitlin Moran had no friends in 1990, and so had plenty of time to write her first novel at the age of fifteen. At sixteen she joined music weekly. Following this precocious start she then put in eighteen solid years as a columnist on The Times as a TV critic and in the most-read part of the paper, the satirical celebrity column winning the British Press Awards’ Columnist of The Year award in 2010 and Critic and Interviewer of the Year in 2011.
The eldest of eight children, home-educated in Wolverhampton, Caitlin read lots of books about feminism 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.