An excellent book…

…was the considered opinion of Owen Rooney, Radio Dunedin host, and myself about this month’s review book Moranthology (Ebury Press) by UK columnist Caitlin Moran. Moran is sharp, funny and has a clever way with words.

She wrote the also excellent How to be a Woman a couple of years ago – that was about, well, how to be a woman, how to be feminist, as she says: “we have the vote and the Pill, and we haven’t been burnt as witches since 1727. However, a few nagging questions do remain…Why are we supposed to get Brazilians? Should you get Botox? Do men secretly hate us?  Why does your bra hurt? And why does everyone ask you when you’re going to have a baby?” Part memoir, part sisterly advice guide it got rave reviews all over the place and loads of people bought it and laughed aloud – my favourite bit is when she is sitting with her young daughters watching Rihanna singing on TV – they have quite a discussion about how sad it is that she cannot afford a cardi to wear over her bra while she is singing so beautifully.

Moranthology is a collection of her columns on a wide, wide range of subjects from David Cameron, TV reviews (Dr Who & Sherlock Holmes are favourites – and she gets to go on set and hang out!!!) the Welfare State, Amy Winehouse (she wrote the obit for The Times), Big Hair and the recounting of several late night conversations with her husband, well, she is conversing, he is trying to sleep.

I got Owen to read the three pages entitled ‘Call Me Puffin’ – Caitlyn wakes her husband so they can decide on the nickname he – and only he – will call her to signify their deep love & conection, but it has to a be a special name, the right name…. When Owen laughed out loud in the middle of the shop I knew we were on to a winner.

There is an interesting Listener piece here .

Try them both, you won’t be sorry.



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