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Moranifesto

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  2,980 ratings  ·  375 reviews
‘I’ve lived through ten iOS upgrades on my Mac – and that’s just something I use to muck about on Twitter. Surely capitalism is due an upgrade or two?’

When Caitlin Moran sat down to choose her favourite pieces for her new book she realised that they all seemed to join up. Turns out, it’s the same old problems and the same old ass-hats.

Then she thought of the word ‘Moranife
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Paperback, 448 pages
Published March 10th 2016 by Ebury Press
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Paromjit
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Home schooled Caitlin Moran is from Wolverhampton, she is a journalist, author and broadcaster. She has written a number of columns for The Times newspaper. This is my first reading of a book by Caitlin Moran and I found it a highly entertaining read. It is an amalgamation of many of her columns and thoughts from recent years, many of the topics are lighthearted, but she also tackles heavyweight issues such as the refugee crisis. The thrust of the book is how the world could be improved accordin ...more
Melki
This is simply a simply delightful collection of Moran's thoughts on topics both fluffy - her crush on Benedict Cumberbatch, a visit to the set of Girls - and serious - Syrian refugees, rape, and Charlie Hebdo. Like Caitlin Moran, I am an "enthusiast," and I can think of no better way to sell you on, and sell you, this book, than to let our girl speak for herself.

Here she is on the horrors of "slowly rotting":

Over the last six months, my first big Aging Sign has made itself apparent: a wattle. M
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Cait • A Page with a View
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-arcs, nonfiction
This wasn't quite as funny as I expected, but it more than made up for that with her insightful commentary on some pretty serious issues. Plus, the writing was just so endearingly relatable that it was entertaining whether or not I actually agreed with her stance.

This was mostly a collection of previous articles she's written, so they cover a wide range of topics like Margaret Thatcher, feminism, FGM & rape, David Bowie, Twitter, hipsters, and a bunch of very British things. Some parts were
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Tania
I had a really hard time rating this audio book. As always her chapters on feminism was phenomenal, and the articles on things men should know about woman, rape and abortion was insightful, thought-provoking and heartbreaking. I loved her lighter chapters - the ones that had me screaming with laughter (weekend festivals) and the ones I will remember for the longest time (on reading and libraries). But all that said I almost did not finish this audio, a lot of the chapters are VERY British-centri ...more
Cat  (cat-thecatlady)
this book is so utterly irrelevant. most essays are 4/3 years old and they're about politics, which makes them mostly completely outdated. besides, the book itself wasn't funny or interesting to read and I was so bored most of the time. I still have a very big problem with how inconsistent Moran's opinions are (how she claims to be worried about marginalized groups and makes fun of one of those in the same breath) and how much of a white feminist she is. had the skip the essays about how Lena Du ...more
Sara
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This book was quite political. I really had no idea what to expect. I liked it. I agreed with quite a bit. I didn't always understand the British slang but I could have googled it if I hadn't been so lazy! Although I liked this book, I really need a break from politics - for now.
I do feel bad that I know so little about British politics and Caitlin knows so much about ours. I don't deliberately set out to be ignorant, but British politics seldom come up in my circle so I would have to actively s
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Katy Noyes
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Insanely readable, eloquent and naturally funny - Caitlin, you'd be my Desert Island partner any day...

I have a soft spot for Ms Moran, she lived round the corner from me in Wolverhampton, a few years older than me, and always manages to includes references to the hometown I look back on with nostalgia and fondness.

But that's a minor attraction to her work for me. Caitlin Moran is a BRILLIANT contemporary commentator, cutting to the heart of moral dilemmas with rude wit, bolshie confidence and
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Petra
Mar 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, non-fiction, uk
Caitlin Moran is an English journalist, broadcaster and award-winning author. Moranifesto contains a collection of the columns she has written over the past few years. She tackles a diverse range of topics from TV reviews and pieces about London to feminism and a heavy dose of politics. Unfortunately, some of the pieces were dated. For example, reading about the Olympics in the UK or the Queen's Jubilee would have had more of an effect several years ago. I enjoyed her more universal and her pers ...more
Stephen Clynes
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caitlin Moran is a columnist with The Times newspaper and this book explains her view of the world. Moranifesto is her political and social analysis of how things could change, if bit by bit everyone altered one little bit.

I enjoyed reading Moranifesto in the same way I enjoy watching a stand up comedian on television. Catlin starts off each chapter in italics, to denote the new content which then leads into a previously published newspaper column she had written. The next chapter continues at a
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Rebecca
(2.5) I’m pretty weary of Caitlin Moran these days, so I only gave this collection a quick skim. As most of the pieces are reprints of her newspaper columns, they end up seeming dated. Political and pop culture references alike are of their time and don’t age well. So all the TV reviews and whatnot feel like filler. My two favorite essays were one about why the taboo around menstruation still exists, and a mock posthumous letter of advice to her daughter.
Sonja Arlow
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
In a few days I am off to dive with turtles and search for seahorses and I can’t wait. After flipping the bird to TWO taxis yesterday I realised that if I don’t leave Joburg soon I may just become violent.

So this is probably going to be my last review for 2016.

I loved How to Be a Woman, yes it was a bit ranty and feminist but it was genuinely funny so I always knew I would try another of her books.

This installment is made up of the little stories, published columns, musings, rants and ravings a
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Alma
Apr 06, 2016 rated it liked it
I love the way Caitlin Moran writes but I felt a little cheated by this book. It's a collection of articles she's written, so I was expecting to read some old ones but some of them are really taking the piss, with articles from 2012 & 13 (!!!!) about such narrow subjects like the first series of The Voice UK, the Queen's Jubilee and how bad the weather was (?!) and Ant & Dec's TV comeback... I just don't understand the need to republish these things in 2016. I live in the UK so I guess s ...more
Alex
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I adore Caitlin Moran. I absolutely adore her. This book is kind of a mix of the two Caitlins: the light, funny Caitlin, and the serious, intense Caitlin. This is another collection much like Moranthology, but this time a bit more of a connecting thread: politics. The world that we live in. This spans from feminist issues such as what women should wear to festivals (spoiler: exactly the same as men), to FGM and the housing crisis.

I'm quite impressed and proud that she seems to have expanded upon
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Samantha
Finally! I finished!!!!

I read it really slowly because my life is busy and her words are cool.
She is so accessible and so lovely and chatty. And she makes me feel, as a woman, very special which is so so so so important.

I'd recommend to anyone who would like to recommend a good book to their younger niece/friend/daughter/hamster, this book.

I love her, it's almost true love.
Ana
Lovely essays about everything from TV to politics in Moran's inimitable style!
Ophelia Sings
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm well aware that some people find Caitlin Moran's work a little, well, samey. It's a viewpoint I find perplexing; nobody says, ooh, those Alps, they were impressive a few millennia ago but now... They're a bit, well, Alpy, aren't they? All those breathtaking snowcapped peaks and the awesomeness of nature and all that just gets a bit repetitive after a few thousand years, amiright? Harrumph. Point is, Moran is the best at what she does. She has cornered the market in acerbic observation, f**k ...more
Kirsty
Jun 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think Caitlin Moran is excellent, and have very much enjoyed all of her other books. I was a little surprised, then, when I saw that Moranifesto had such harsh criticism from those I know who also like her, and/or her sense of humour. I read many comments about how the material was old, and not at all relevant to today. Yes, all of the newspaper articles have been previously published - surely that is the point? It would be almost impossible to publish a book like this where everything was cur ...more
Clarissa
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Caitlin Moran is brilliant. I've loved her writing since How To Be a Woman which i read in 2 days.

Moranifesto is a collection of articles which obviously have already been published from her Times columns. Arguably people could say this is another Moranthology (which I haven't got round to yet). However, they all lead up to the bigger picture of which she is trying to voice to us in her manifesto which ultimately she would hope would inspire each of us to write our own manifestos of which will
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Rebecca
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
There were several sections that I really loved and agreed with, but they were outweighed by loads of her Times columns that were only really relevant for the month they were published.... Which ultimately left the whole thing feeling a bit lazy. Disappointing as Moran can be pretty marvellous when she puts her mind to it!
Angela Groves
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant collection of journalistic pieces grouped together to help put the world to rights, suggest how we can make the world a nicer place and make us laugh so hard your brew comes out your nose (that happened twice).
Caitlin
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Being outside the UK, I discovered Caitlin Moran through her breakthrough book, "How to be a woman" and instantly adored her and her work ever since. Okay, she's loud, pointy, uncompromising, tends to submit ideas before really working them through before the deadline and completely unapologetic about all of this. She's not everyone's "White with one" but she makes a fair point or two.

This is essentially a collection of her columns - although there is some extra material that tops and tails each
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Jenny
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, feminism
I was right when I commented that you shouldn't read this book all at once. It is too much. Some parts, if read too quickly and all at once, might give you a headache or - worse even - make you feel like the world is not worth saving anymore because it is populated by bigoted idiots.... Which, to be fair, I do believe is sometimes true.

If I take for example the part on feminism, which I feel strongly about; I did read it all at once. And wanted to jump from a very high building in despair afterw
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Paula Dennan
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
This collection of Moran’s articles, columns and essays covers everything from her love of David Bowie and her crush on Benedict Cumberbatch to more serious issues including, but not limited to, feminism, terrorism and the NHS.

Enjoyable enough if you’re already a Caitlin Moran fan. I can’t imagine you’ll get much from it otherwise.
Kirsten
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love love love

To borrow from one of Moran's own essays featured in this collection ('Reading is Fierce' - yes!):

'My head is on fire, my heart is flooding'

I also almost peed myself laughing.

(I read most of this on a plane and in the middle I binged watched the first 5 episodes of the new season of Broad City. It was one of the best flights ever.)
Miri
I thought Caitlin Moran was just hysterically funny and really smart about feminism. I had no idea she was one of the wisest, most insightful people I've ever encountered with some of the literal best, most creative and insanely reasonable ideas for how we should organize our societies to make things not just better, but fucking AWESOME. Caitlin Moran is my official hero/crush/hope for humanity. I love her.
Zuzka Namu Jakubkova
Moranifesto was my go-to book during a long painful period of my life. Yet, despite my stressed state, I found myself admiring the wisdom I saw in most of the articles. In other words, I went "Whoa, so dope" a lot.

Book covers feminism, revolution and poverty, along with some well meaning tips and hints for young girls. Loved it. Five stars.
Sandy Irwin
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Insightful and funny.
Summer
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like Caitlin Moran's writing. I don't always agree with her but she manages to be ridiculous and entertaining and thoughtful all at the same time.
Lucie
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really do love her, what more can I say? If you want a positive life kick that will make you determined to fight for what's right, sure read the book. I tend to be a naysayer sometimes and in those moments there is Caitlin and her belief in human capability of betterment. I found the topics real interesting and well-balanced with the heavier pieces lightened up by some more trivial yet highly amusing ones. If you like Caitlin Moran make sure to read her Moranifesto!
Sid Nuncius
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rather to my shame, I've not read much of Caitlin Moran's work before so I took the chance to sample some of her work here – and it's brilliant.

Moran's writing is genuinely funny, genuinely intelligent and genuinely incredibly readable. Whatever she is writing about, she brings an often laugh-out-loud wit to it but there is real intellectual depth in it, too. There is a lot of thoughtful and perceptive social and political analysis here and it's a joy to read pieces which often make very seriou
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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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“Your mind is the projection screen every writer steals; it is the firing of your neurones that makes every book come alive. You are the electricity that turns it on. A book cannot live until the touch of your hand on the first page brings it alive. A writer is essentially typing blank pages – shouting out spells in the dark – until the words are read by you, and the magic explodes into your head, and no one else's.” 11 likes
“And so to read is, in truth, to be in the constant act of creation. The old lady on the bus with her Orwell, the businessman on the Tube with Patricia Cornwell, the teenager roaring through Capote -- they are not engaged in idle pleasure. Their heads are on fire. Their hearts are flooding. With a book, you are the landscape, the sets, the snow, the hero, the kiss -- you are the mathematical calculation the plots the trajectory of the blazing, crashing zeppelin. You -- pale, punchable reader -- are terraforming whole worlds in your head, which will remain with you until the day you die. These books are as much a part of you as your guts and your bone. And when your guts fail and your bones break, Narnia, or Jamaica Inn, or Gormenghast will still be there; as pin-sharp and bright as the day you first imagined them -- hiding under the bedclothes, sitting on the bus. Exhausted, on a rainy day, weeping over the death of someone you never met, and who was nothing more than words until you transformed them with your time, and your love, and the imagination you constantly dismiss as "just being a bit of a bookworm.” 7 likes
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