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Britain's most talented, award-winning and bestselling columnist collected here for the very first time
CAITLIN MORAN was brought up on a council estate in Wolverhampton, where she was home-educated, wore a poncho, and had boys throw stones at her whilst calling her a bummer . Understandably keen to forge a career and move on, Caitlin won the Observer s Young Reporter of the Year competition at 15, and published her first novel, The Chronicles of Narmo, in the same year. She briefly presented Channel 4 s late-night music show Naked City, aged 17, and then became a columnist at The Times aged 18 eventually ending up writing three award-winning columns a week for the paper. In 2011 Caitlin wrote the multi-award-winning bestseller How To Be A Woman which was published in 16 countries and won the British Book Awards Book of the Year. Caitlin lives on Twitter with her husband and two children, and spends an hour a week going But it s pronounced Catlin . I know! I know! The spelling unquestionably suggests otherwise! I am an idiot!
British journalist Moran's (How To Be a Woman) award-winning columns for The Times are available here for an American audience for the first time. In the introduction, she declares her intentions to write "a collection of instances of how brilliant the world often is." To that end, she covers topics that range from her personal history (being homeschooled in a housing project in the industrial city of Wolverhampton, her work interviewing musicians including Keith Richards and Lady Gaga), social issues (benefit reform, the welfare state, the importance of libraries, particularly to poor communities; she describes them as places "where the wealthy's taxes pay for you to become a little more extraordinary"), and cultural matters (Michael Jackson's funeral, her unexpected delight in the role-playing game World of Warcraft, how very, very good Stephen Moffat's Sherlock is). Each essay offers readers a look at the world from the perspective of someone who is sharply intelligent, deeply kind, and extremely funny. Verdict A must read for anyone who enjoys topical humor, personal narrative, or any kind of cracking good story.-Stephanie Klose, Library Journal (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"Hilarious [and] sharply intelligent ... she is one of the most astute social commentators hitting a keyboard today ... guaranteed to brighten up anyone's life" * Independent * "As insightful and every bit as funny as her last book, but with broader range" * Elle * "She is a brilliant, brilliant writer" * Glamour * "Properly funny, naughty and admirably no-nonsense, it's every bit as brilliant as you'd expect" * Closer * "I adore, admire and am addicted to Caitlin Moran's writing" -- Nigella Lawson