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Moranthology

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  8,043 Ratings  ·  743 Reviews
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 "
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ebook, 275 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Harper Perennial (first published September 13th 2012)
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Warwick
Dec 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: journalism, essays
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,’
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Lynx
Usually when I read anything by Caitlin Moran it ends with me wishing she were my best friend. This collection of essays was no different. As always, Moran is delightful, relatable, hilarious and truly entertaining.
Casey
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
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Tania
Jul 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
3.5 stars. I really liked it, not quite a much as How to be a woman, but enough to read anything else she writes. I could not identify with a lot of the articles as I have not watched any of the TV shows she reference and a lot of it is very British, but I was still giggling like a mad person, so that deserves high praise. I love that she mixes personal anecdotes, real issues and celebrity stuff. If you enjoyed Tina Fey I think you should try this.
On libraries: They are cathedrals of the minds;
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Julie Ehlers
This collection of essays from The Times of London was a mixed bag. Columns featuring her trademark "strident" feminism? Yes, please. Profiles of Keith Richards, Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga? Sure, I'm down for that. A lengthy accounting of the royal wedding, punctuated by numerous tweets from British celebrities I'd never heard of? No thanks. Reviews of Dr. Who, Downton Abbey, and Sherlock, none of which I'd ever seen? Yawn. (Although that Sherlock sounds pretty good. Added to Netflix queue.) And ...more
Lauren
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Hahahaha, I think I need a lie down now.

So, what can I possibly say about Moranthology which hasn't already been said before?

In a nutshell, it's bloody fantastic, very accessible, loaded with sharp wit, an ever-discerning eye and pumped full of silliness. If Moranthology was a dessert, it would be a mash-up of all your favourites with some sprinkles added on top.

Caitlin Moran does what she does best - she puts her heart and soul into everything she writes, and in the process mocks hers
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Gail
Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lisa
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  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
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Miss Murphy
Sep 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Andi
May 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Toss up between a 3 and 4. Really enjoyed this book though slightly less than How to Be a Woman. It was perfect for a Readathon since the columns are short and hilarious. It did make me laugh out loud on several occasions.
Nick Davies
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I've read, and enjoyed, a few of Caitlin Moran's columns in The Times (and elsewhere too, probably) so when I saw this cheap in a charity shop, I picked it up to put by my bed and use as a 'light' read before going to sleep.

Alas, though there were plenty of bits which made me laugh, and a few sections which I found particularly touching and intelligent (mainly about places I'd also been), much of it was a bit tiresome and I didn't find that amusing. This was mainly due to the problem of 350+ pag
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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
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Nikki
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
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!
Elisabeth
Apr 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Den får stjerne nummer fire ene og alene fordi Moran som leser egne bøker er det eneste jeg har fått til å funke som lydbok så langt.
 ~Geektastic~
Despite the fact that I think Caitlin Moran doesn't really "get:" YA fiction (http://flavorwire.com/457727/caitlin-...), 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
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: signed-copy
(Review from my blog - http://thelittlebooks.blogspot.co.uk/)
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
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Amy
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays
Caitlin Moran, why aren't you my friend? After reading How to Be a Woman, I was enamored of your wit and thought-provoking analysis of womanhood. I was especially in awe of your compare and contrast between stripping and burlesque and why one is infinitely better for women. I have reused this several times in random conversations about strip clubs. After reading your wonderful collection of articles and essays, I now have a desire to visit Wales, specifically Aberystwyth, demand that my husband ...more
L.K. Jay
Sep 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Bosorka
Některé sloupky vynikající (pro mě třeba rozhovor s Keith Richardsem, Lady Gaga, rodinné historky), některé slabší, nebo pro mě ne tak zajímavé a zábavné. Caitlin Moran jsem si po dvou knihách velmi oblíbila, je mi sympatická až na půdu a rozhodně bych s ní někdy zašla na gin s tonikem. Fakt ale je, že už nejsem z jejího stylu tak šíleně překvapená, protože už přece jen vím, co čekat. U Morantologie jsem ani tolik nepropadala záchvatům smíchu. Tím neříkám, že je špatná, je pořád moc dobrá (a spí ...more
Hope McCain
I'm really torn on how to express my thoughts about this book.

On the one hand, there were some stories that I genuinely enjoyed. Caitlin Moran's personality definitely comes out in her writing, which is important.

On the other hand, many of the stories--especially those related to her meeting celebrities--felt like play-by-plays of the events. Too much telling, not enough showing. With a lot of these stories, I'd rather have just read an interview between her and the celebrity. It would have bee
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Jude Morrissey
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
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 (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/caitlin...), 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
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Bruna Miranda
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
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
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Jade
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
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
Cat
Aug 26, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Reads like a collection of blog posts, and maybe it is. Very ranty and self righteous. Not as easy to follow as How to be a Woman, and not as enjoyable either. Also she lost my fanship when she mentioned (view spoiler) ...more
Melissa
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
Some of the essays in this collection were better than others (isn't that always the case), some purely fun, while others more serious, but all from the heart with Moran's signature quirky wit. From Ghostbuster to Downton Abbey, Marriage & Children, Keith Richards to Paul McCartney, as well as more serious social issues like funding for the arts, poverty, & the importance of libraries thrown in too, there is definitely something in here for everyone to enjoy, laugh at, and think hard abo ...more
Veronica
Apr 30, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lyndsey
Sep 25, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lyndsey by: Bridget Kiersten
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.
StMargarets
This is a book of newspaper columns by British writer, Caitlin Moran. I enjoyed reading them before bed over the course of a few days. She touches on pop culture, British phenomenons like Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding, and her family. She has a lively mind, a great sense of humor, and an interesting way of turning a phrase. A nice light read before bed.
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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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