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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 "...more
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Published November 6th 2012 by Harper Perennial (first published September 13th 2012)
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As far as I'm concerned, Caitlin Moran is a genius. Her style is chaotic and chatty on the surface, and she seems to have real problems understanding the semicolon, but under the bonnet every sentence is assembled with such beautiful precision. Her phrases are spring-loaded to take you by surprise. And I suppose, because I also grew up in 80s-90s Britain, there is also something incredibly appealing about her shared pool of references.

‘She has no identity, save that which advertisers sell her,’...more
I was going on a very long bus ride that I knew would leave me inevitably grumpy. I wandered Barnes & Noble, unable to find something funny to distract me from my impending angst. Then I remembered that Caitlin Moran had another book out! I swooped, I bought, I packed. Now, 24 hours having purchased the book, I'm finished.

The think about reading Moran is that you feel like you're having drinks with your talkative, eccentric friend who never means to clash her clothes or have a random sandwic...more
Feb 21, 2013 Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Jade
Oh Cate (I call her Cate, 'cause in my head, we're friends), stop making my girl-crush on you worse...

A collection of the columns written for The Times encompassing Sherlock, why Ghostbusters is the best film ever made (I agree (whisper - unless we include Jaws) - and Bill Murray is another of my very close imaginary friends), making stupid remarks while drunk, Mooncups (I looked that up and...I can't even...), benefit cuts and library closures, female popstars no longer able to make songs witho...more
For those of us who are new to the phenomenon that is Caitlin Moran, this compilation of columns proves that she is an unparalleled artist, painting with a brush of words and a palette of intelligence, hilarity, conscience, introspection, and interpersonality. In other words, her writing is wicked smart, uber perceptive, totally principled, and super freaking funny.

Only two problems separate "Moranthology" from "How To Be a Woman," an irrefutably five-star book: (1) the nature of an anthology an...more
Louise KM
Why do I love her so much? Quite simply because she's hilarious. She makes excellent observations, which make you laugh, and at the same time consider often serious topics from a new light. You learn something, you feel entertained. What's not to love?

She also interviews celebs a lot. Including a now super-famous interview with Lady Gaga in Berlin which culminated in them all going off to a sex club in Berlin, dancing the night away, and Lady Gaga doing a wee in front of her (she was then able t...more
Tammy MacNeil
Caitlin Moran does it again - brilliant, witty, honest, thoroughly enjoyable. This is a collection of some of the columns she's written for The Guardian over the years and covers everything from her thoughts on the UK closing public libraries to visiting a sex club in Berlin with Lady Gaga. Bonus: her review of BBC's "Sherlock" got me hooked on the television series. Thank you CM!
Despite the fact that I think Caitlin Moran doesn't really "get:" YA fiction (, I still think she is hilarious and brilliant. Recently I saw a list of 25 Books Guaranteed to Make You Laugh (again on Flavorwire like the above article- I spend a lot of time there), and Sloane Crosley was touted to take the "hilarious female personal essay writer" crown (which I'm sure is a thing)- and that is totes bullshit. It totally goes to Moran. Crosley doesn't hold a...more
Emily Louise Smith
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I knew instantly I'd love this book after reading Caitlin's marvel that was 'How to be a Woman' last year. This woman is nothing short of HILARIOUS. Honestly I was laughing the whole way through this book! For those not familiar with Caitlin Moran she is a journalist and columnist for the Times newspaper in the UK, and this book which is so aptly named, is an anthology of her best columns from the past few years. (I believe the earlies...more
After reading "How to be a Woman" by Caitlin Moran I was extremely curious about this particular woman who opened my mind to contemporary feminism. In "Moranthology", a compilation of some of her columns about life and pop culture, plus in bed discussions with her husband, Moran talks about the Royal Wedding, why she doesn't travel the world, her hair, her love for the BBC series Sherlock, among hundreds of other things. It's funny, entertaining and well written. She gives us her feminist perspe...more
Vikki VanSickle
I adore Caitlin Moran. She's acerbic, warm, funny, and a very smart observer of pop culture. After devouring HOW TO BE A WOMAN I couldn't wait to get my hands on this collection of her previously published pieces.

This is a mix of celebrity interviews (Keith Richards, Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney), pop culture observations (the royal wedding, Michael Jackson's funeral, Downton Abbey vs Sherlock), and social commentary (parenting, feminism, etc). Each piece is short and pithy but still very satisfyi...more
There were some nice moments in this collection of columns, but for the most part it was neither funny nor interesting. Maybe it's because I'm not British, but a lot of the columns were about things/people I am just not interested in, like Doctor Who/David Attenborough/Celebrity Watch (no idea what that even is)/... There were some 'serious' essays about benefits and poverty etc, but they lacked real power and insight, in my opinion. I had the exact same opinion of How to Be a Woman, so I don't...more
Caitlin Moran is hilarious. She writes about issues big and small bringing humor and unexpected insightfulness to everything from Michael Jackson's funeral to the importance of libraries.

Since this is a collection of her previously published newspaper articles, it was perfect to read over the course of a busy semester. I read it an article at a time over about six weeks, and it provided brief, welcome moments of humor amongst my mounds of essay-grading.
Lovely bit of brain fluff which has cheered me up considerably on a couple of rather crappy days. I may not agree with Caitlin on some matters, but 4 stars for her unashamed love of Doctor Who, Sherlock and Ghostbusters ("I think if you thought about it a little while longer, you'd realize that you'd far rather be a Ghostbuster: a nerd in New York with an unlicensed nuclear accelerator on your back, and a one-in-four chance of being Bill Murray." YES! YES to that. I'm now having flashbacks to my...more
Okay, I know that Caitlin Moran can be problematic at times. But I can't help it, I love her writing. There is just something about her style that, as soon as I start reading it, I feel like I am just catching up with a good friend. She draws me in, both with the things she chooses to write about, and the way she draws it back to her 'real life' perspective. And the humour. I have tried reading comedy writing, and it just doesn't do it for me. When I am reading things on a page, without any indi...more
Moranthology is a collection of Caitlin Moran's Times articles and includes interviews with Paul McCartney, Eddie Izzard and Keith Richards, reviews of popular television programmes such as Sherlock and Doctor Who, as well as random and sometimes bizarre rants on topical themes of the day. And I have to say Moran totally switched me on to Sherlock – she had me laughing so hard that I think I damaged myself. What I particulary liked about this collection (apart from the late-night pillow talk wit...more
I really enjoyed this collection of columns from Caitlin Moran. I have never read Moran's columns before, so thankfully each and every one was new to me. Although not all columns subjects were specifically to my taste, I could find something interesting in each one.

One thing I do like about Moran is how passionate she is about the things she is interested in and loves. I shared in her swooning over the BBC show Sherlock (and Benedict Cumberbatch), I felt moved by her ode to Elizabeth Taylor, an...more
There is something I realised after finishing Moranthology, apart from the fact that Caitlin Moran just might be my new imaginary best friend. We all have one, that semi famous person that you know in your heart of hearts you would be become total BFF's if you ever met. No the thing that I realised was that how much BBC I watch throughout my day. A kiwi girl who lives in Melbourne, and has spent a total sum of 2 and 1/2 weeks in the British Isles during her 31+ life time, had watched everything...more
L.K. Jay
I'm a fan of Caitlin Moran and after hearing her speak at The Green Man festival in Wales this summer, I determined to read this second book. She was warm and entertaining at the festival and this was reflected in her writing here. I thoroughly enjoyed 'How To Be A Woman' and I wasn't disappointed here.

Once you realise that this is an anthology of her columns in The Times, you understand the format and have your expectations accordingly. As I don't happen to subscribe to The Times online, I appr...more
ashley | citygirlscapes
It seems rather fitting that I read the majority of this book after a couple of glasses of wine. Moran's chaotic wit and style is what I would expect from a "the U.K.'s answer to Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler and Lena Dunham", much of what she said was clever and had me chuckling. I love the conversations she has in bed with her husband, who is trying to sleep. I see that in my future.

However, there were often parts that even my trusty glasses of wine couldn't help me get through, which is just a ma...more
I'm probably horribly biased reviewing this book, but I don't really care. I think Caitlin is a wonderful writer, ever since I read How To Be A Woman? on a whim very early this year and it blew my brain. I have lots of collections of columns in my bookcase, most unread however this shot to the top of my list when I saw it for just £9:50 in WHSmith. Fair to say, it was worth every penny. 99% of the articles really interested me (the only exception being the Sherlock and Downton Abbey ones as I ha...more
Jude Morrissey
I don't usually read this sort of book. When I read nonfiction, it's either as professional development or it's history from an object orientation. But I ran across Moran's article on libraries (, which I enjoyed very much. So I picked up Moranthology.

I didn't realize I'd find a kindred soul.

It didn't take much to convince me of that. She had me at "There's a lot of Sherlock love in here. In many ways, this book might as well be called 'Deduce THIS, Sexlo...more
It's official...I love Caitlin Moran, or I wish I was as funny as her...either or this is an awesome read. Even to those who wouldn't regularly read her columns, there's a bit in here for everyone, and I have been annoying my friends and family continuously with saying 'just read this bit', 'but you love GaGa' and 'I promise you laugh out loud on this one'. I was especially happy to find out that someone else thinks that Ghostbusters are cooler than Jedi's (a part from my mate Lisa, who I have a...more
This book was awesome. Although I prefer "How to Be A Woman," I love the range that this one gets to touch on because of its broader scope. It ended on such an amazing note, with the Paul McCartney piece at the end, solidifying that Caitlin and I share both names and a range of googly emotions. I laughed out loud many a time while reading this, plus it's a great one to pick up and put down since the articles in it are typically bite-size. If you ever wanted a peek inside of the mind of a semi-cr...more
Caitlin Moran's collection of Times columns is an easy read, often hilarious and sometimes thought-provoking. I don't always agree with everything she writes - especially about McCartney and the Beatles! - but it's always readable.
Oh, dear God. I've read Caitlin Moran's columns in the Times before, but never a full collection of her work. She's a fucking genius, you guys. Mostly just perfectly pitched observational humor--but some of these pieces, like the review of The Killing Fields, a documentary about Sri Lankan genocide, are raw and profound. So are her pieces about her childhood, especially the one about childhood holidays in Aberystwyth: beautiful and poignant and still funny. She is perfect. (Four stars instead of...more
I went into this with a completely opened mind hoping to be entertained but realized early on that Moran is just a braggart whose antidotes are bland and moronic.

How anyone can compare her to Tina Fey is beyond me. She has neither the wit nor the talent.

Had it not been fro the interviews with Keith Richards, Lady Gaga and Paul McCartney, I probably would've thrown is over my balcony.

It's fine to write about your life but at least work it out to make me care. If I don't care about you, I'm sur...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of Moran's articles taken from newspapers and books. Highlights for me were the introductory chapter, Aberystwyth:The Only Place I Stop Wanting, Sherlock (all articles,)Libraries:Cathedrals of our souls,I Hate Charlie and Lola,The Horror Of Daddy's Special Lemonade, Unlike Most Of The Coalition I Was Raised On Benefits, This Cape Makes Me Look Like Wizbit and A Fish Called Colin. Her writing can go from side-splittingly funny one minute to heart-achingly nost...more
This book was disappointing. There's irony here that Moranthology is a second time around collection of past columns to meet interest in a second book. I particularly didn't like her intro paragraphs to each column entry. I’d much rather have drawn my own conclusions as to why it had been included or why it appeared in the book when it did. She appears to be much more self conscious/verbose in this book. Personally, I'd have waited and whet the public’s appetite for Moran take two a little longe...more
More Caitlin Moran! Loved her first book; this one was also very good. My favorite piece was on libraries. I also was surprised to learn that I probably really like Lady Gaga. Her music is good and she is a phenomenal musician. Moran made her sound like a really cool human being, as well. Based on her reviews of Sherlock Holmes, the television series out of England, I am going to beg my friend Amy to let me borrow her DVDs. Insightful. Clever. If I lived in London, I'd subscribe to the Times to...more
While Moran does have a gift for the cleverly, absurd turn of phrase, I found her funny, but often irritating. When she interviewed celebrities (Keith Richards, Lady Gaga, etc), or went into raptures over Doctor Who and Sherlock, she found her stride, and I was with her. What irritated me to no end was her constant recapitulation of what a 'strident feminist' she is, followed by her definitions of what it is to be a woman (apparently the ladies are obsessed with fashion, their hairstyles, tortur...more
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Caitlin Moran had literally no friends in 1990, and so had plenty of time to write her first novel, The Chronicles of Narmo, at the age of fifteen. At sixteen she joined music weekly, Melody Maker, and at eighteen briefly presented the pop show 'Naked City' on Channel 4. Following this precocious start she then put in eighteen solid years as a columnist on The Times – both as a TV critic and also...more
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