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More Than a Woman

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  1,326 ratings  ·  138 reviews
The author of the international bestseller 'How to Be a Woman' returns with another "hilarious neo-feminist manifesto" ('NPR') in which she reflects on parenting, middle-age, marriage, existential crises - and, of course, feminism.

A decade ago, Caitlin Moran burst onto the scene with her instant bestseller, 'How to Be a Woman', a hilarious and resonant take on feminism, th
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 3rd 2020 by Ebury Press
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Caroline O'Donoghue
As a female columnist, I can't critique Caitlin Moran without feeling like I'm a busker yelling notes to Hendrix. My notes are useless, and ultimately, she can't hear me. My interest in feminism began largely because Caitlin Moran wrote How To Be A Woman ten years ago, and I've had a career in journalism that largely exists because Moran helped establish a category that made it possible. The cultural debt I owe to Moran is insurmountable, and even though I don't read her so much these days, I st ...more
Sonja Arlow
The book started off rubbing me the wrong way.

The author and I are the same age and she started the book lamenting about the aches and pains everyone her age is feeling. She particularly focused on a hip pain she had, and I was doing all sorts of internal eye-rolling. And what happened? Not 24 hours later and I woke up with hip pain – serves me right for hip-shaming her.

Only after the first 20% did the book take off for me but after that I loved everything about it. Even if a big chunk is writt
Tera Pate
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aug-dec-2020
I never thought I would meet a book about women that managed to catalogue every problem that a modern woman goes through in an average day. I was wrong.

Moran’s look at modern woman is breath-taking in its scope. She covers everything from botox to helping a loved one cope with an eating disorder. Subject matter is treated humorously (where do alcohol enzymes go as you get older?) and seriously (why are women not paid for the caregiving that they pay others to do?) in order to approach subjects w
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't wild about the first chapter or so - it just felt a bit like CM was trying too hard. But I'm so happy I stuck with this audio as the rest of the book more than makes up for the over the top start.

Being the same age as the author, there was so much I could relate to. Although she has a brilliant sense of humor, and had me smiling most of the time, there were also some chapters that had me swallowing back tears, most notably The Hour of Missing the Children and The Hour of "What about the
Eve Dangerfield
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cannot be unbiased about Caitlin Moran. She is one of the literary lights of my life. I love this book and her. She is my role model. I'm so happy she exists. I want her to write and release journalism/autobiography/social observation novels forever.
Tina Rae
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all women
I can't even begin to tell you how AMAZING this book is!! This memoir/self help book/feminist manifesto is so wonderful and hilarious and just so, so real.

I laughed through this entire book (and also definitely cried some!) but also reaaaally identified with it. There are a lot of sections about social issues that we just don't talk about but all of it needed to be said. And it was all said in such a real way that I was just nodding my head and saving certain passages to be revisited later. So e
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I NEVER give 5 stars but this is full of so much wit, wisdom and warmth, that I just couldn't give it anything less.
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caitlin Moran is a goddess and everything she writes is spot on. Makes me a little anxious about the next few years of parenting and life.
Jo Coleman
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm giving this a stingy three stars for the chapters which read like she's putting the world to rights in the pub, but five stars for the chapters on her daughter's eating disorder, which were very moving. The women she's writing for are mostly married with children (hmm, does that make me less than a woman?), but all the mums I know deserve such a cheerful, sympathetic and frequently outraged champion. And I like the idea of embracing my middle-aged destiny as a Hag.
Vikki Littlemore
I fell in love with Caitlin Moran in 2004, working at my first office job, and once a week when it was my turn to cover the lunch-hour on Reception, I would "borrow" the copy of The Times left in Reception for Clients to read, and I would read Caitlin's column surreptitiously under the desk, trying to stifle my laughter, and gasps of righteous recognition. In 2020, we say "I felt seen". I've bought a copy of The Times religiously every week ever since then. In 2011 when Caitlin released How to B ...more
Charlotte Petter
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it

I wanted to love this book. I adored How to be a Woman; I look forward each week to her Saturday column; and Celebrity Watch always makes me laugh.

But... I’m not sure that I loved this. I can’t quite put my finger on it. Her writing is as witty and brilliant as ever (for example, “To run a household is to feel like a tidal wave of stuff enters the house, every day, that you, Canute-like, are constantly trying to repel, or order, or throw away; only to be buffeted by the next new wave.”).
Melanie Sligh
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review: 🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️/5

Y’all, I wasn’t even in the first paragraph without a snort coming out. However, this book was so much more. I feel like we went though every issue I, or a friend, has gone through, and felt not alone in this world.

To sum up this book, it’s relatable. Moran talked about gendered stereotypes and how we’re book in this because of our gender. I always yell like Gillian at TCO, “Let the women do the work!” And I’m so glad this was discussed in depth how just becaus
Michael Marshall
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is by turns funny, insightful and heartbreaking. The main argument she's making is that middle-aged women find themselves taking on enormous and multifarious responsibilities, often with little or no thanks or reward, or even acknowledgment. Moran has always been funny, and her description of her and her husband waiting with bated breath for their kids to get on the school bus so they could have a hasty pre-work shag was everything you'd expect. But she also doesn't pull her punches when sh ...more
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My rabid fangirling around Caitlin Moran has been dampened in recent years, she is flawed, like all of us, but this book is almost perfect. This is going to be my go-to manual of how to be a middle aged woman (I have to admit, I’m already there) as well as my manifesto on how to parent teenage girls. I laughed hard for most of this but the chapters (hours) about her daughter’s eating disorder were absolutely heartbreaking. I want to read it again and again.

Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I laughed, I gasped and I felt the pain of my childhood traumas as well as my motherhood traumas - I’m living and loving my hag life. Thank you to my wonderful daughter for buying me this book. It’s not just feminism it’s humanism.
Rhiannon Johnson
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

After fully cracking up twice by page 14 ("Mark Ruffalo" and "every trampoline will fear me") I knew I was in for a treat with this book. There just aren't any other books like this. There are books about finding feminism, discovering your sexuality, finding your way in the world, navigating new motherhood, and so many other challenges of young women but what about after? You know, after you learn some of the har
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm fast coming to the end of my 30s as I read this book so for me it’s a timely warning.
Despite having read How to Be a Woman recently I didn’t enjoy the introduction and to anyone else who doesn’t just power through, it gets so much better.
Through the different chapters Morgan sets out her range of women’s issues. Most subjects are tackled with wit and good humour but on some occasions her story is harrowing, personal and heart-breaking. It is the inclusion of that depth and honesty within the
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Time and time again, I find myself earmarking pages of Caitlin Moran’s books. She has an amazing ability to verbalise incredibly specific feelings and experiences that have you emphatically nodding away.

She can analyse social mores and behavioural traits with razor-sharp precision, but in a way that’s gentle and humorous. Although this book predominantly focuses on experiences associated with middle-aged womanhood, it is by no means reserved for this age-group. In many ways, it reads like a gui
Katie Stanton
I’ve always enjoyed Caitlin Moran’s books but I didn’t find this one as un-put-downable as the others. This could be because I’m not the target audience (I’m early 30s) but I found some of the writing rushed and too conversational. The book is ultimately a collection of essays, each chapter covering a different topic and never touching on it again. Some chapters are really important, especially those about her daughter’s eating disorder, cancel culture and why men tend to feel that “feminism has ...more
This book hooked me right from the beginning. I was so excited to read a book about women that was able to include every single problem that a modern woman deals with daily. This story is a funny memoir and at the same time covers important topics that need lots of attention. Its main focus is on middle-aged women, it addresses some serious matters and delves into important issues that almost all women are dealing with issues that so many of us may not have taken notice before reading this book. ...more
Ashley Davis
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway.

I loved "How To Be A Woman" and so I was very much looking forward to this book. Again, Caitlin Moran had me in stitches from the first chapter. Her writing is definitely some of the funniest I have read, as well as being relatable and practical. This is helpful, because it puts the reader at ease before the book then wades in to heavier topics.

I particularly liked the book's breakdown of the harmful nature of the Patriarchy for everyone. Ms. Moran is
Judith von Kirchbach
A cross between memoir and self-help, More Than A Woman races through the good, bad and ugly of middle-age – from the marital 'maintenance shag' to the horrors of mid-life hangovers.

"We don't sell the idea of being middle-aged to young women, and there's such fear in young people about getting older," she says. "I'm very purposefully trying to sell it, because A – it's brilliant, and B – the only other option is dying, which is palpably worse."

She manages to harangue the rubbishness of daily lif
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first book in a long time where I’ve read until 3am, and in one sitting, after it arrived earlier today. I also haven’t laughed at a book this much in a really long time. There may (definitely) have been some tears too. There’s so much here I’m going to have to read it again, a chapter at a time so I can actually absorb it properly. Overall it’s been a great reminder of why Caitlin Moran is one of my heroines, which I think I’d somehow managed to forget. Well done younger me, you chose well. ...more
Christine Wagner
After finishing her latest book, I’m struck with the same sadness I feel when I have finished all of her previous books. Her books are just as addictive and binge-worthy as any engaging television show. Moran is a genius and her books are chock full of truth and humor I am often screaming, snapping or laughing out loud while I’m reading. Every person should read her books, for they will better understand women and themselves.
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If all people on earth had read this book, we would have already lived in a good and kind utopia. It's a must read for everyone, women and men alike, regardless of their age. And it's hilarious despite talking about things that are usually not talked publicly about. Brilliant.
And listening to it read by the author is an additional bonus.
Jessica Fear
Not as good or as funny as How To Be A Girl, nor as insightful. I felt Caitlin had waivered in her original, more bolshy radical feminist principles to suit her lifestyle and for that reason it read more as the autobiography of an ageing celebrity justifying her life choices retrospectively. This book is very much trying to please everyone; a kind of nonchalant liberal feminism. This is no necessarily disagreeable politically, but it isn’t what we came to expect from and love about Caitlin Moran ...more
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing. Moran is fantastic.
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed the humor and relatability.
Nadia Zeemeeuw
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Somehow Caitlin Moran always reaches me. Her new book about what it means to be a woman in your forties simply resonates with me at every level. Love, love, love.
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing, marvellously funny and wise. Will read it again and again.
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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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