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A decade ago, Caitlin Moran thought she had it all figured out. Her instant best seller How to Be a Woman was a game-changing take on feminism, the patriarchy and the general ‘hoo-ha’ of becoming a woman. Back then, she firmly believed ‘the difficult bit’ was over and her 40s were going to be a doddle.

If only she had known: when middle age arrives, a whole new bunch of tough questions need answering. Why isn’t there such a thing as a ‘Mum Bod’? How did sex get boring? What are men really thinking? Where did all that stuff in the kitchen drawers come from? Can feminists have Botox? Why has wine turned against you? How can you tell the difference between a teenage micro-breakdown and the real thing? Has feminism gone too far? And, as always, who's looking after the children?

Now with ageing parents, teenage daughters, a bigger bum and a to-do list without end, Caitlin Moran is back with More Than a Woman: a guide to growing older, a manifesto for change and a celebration of all those middle-aged women who keep the world turning.

©2020 Caitlin Moran (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Thank you, Caitlin

Six weeks ago, my fantastic Mum was diagnosed with leukaemia (she'd been poorly for a while, and she and Dad were both shielding). Two weeks ago, my Mum died. This book has seen me through sleepless nights, pools of tears and empty bottles, times when I was aching for distraction and not wanting to pick up the phone at 4am.
Jesus, Caitlin. Thank you.
For all the times that my Mum and I have shared, for the full time work I gladly left behind so that I could be there for both my Mum and Dad, for my lunatic thirties and early forties, for the life I'm now contemplating; I won't forget this book, and I'll be reading you at Mum's memorial.

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Caitlins Best Yet

Absolutely brilliant, like a conversation with an old friend. It's so funny, touching and I lost count of how many times I said 'that's me, I feel like that!'.

It's a beautiful affirmation of women's hopes, fears and achievements and you will be uplifted.

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Touches the dark places in a woman’s life

Although Caitlin Morans life isn’t exactly a mirror image of mine this a hugely relatable book to any woman in her ‘middle age’. Refreshing to hear our voice out there and with true valuing of the work of women. Celebrates the interconnectedness and relates that women are a product of the upbringing that some how we are responsible for everything. Really enjoyed Caitlins actual voice and the structure of the book in hours of...

Especially loved the call to reclaim the hagdom. A very enjoyable and anyone who is or seeks to understand us should definitely give it a listen.

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Fabulous

Fantastic listen/read. Just what I needed to hear as a 40+ woman with kids. I feel normal and not alone anymore!!!

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Just wow.

Funny, true and enlightening. I would recommend this book to every single person I know and have started doing that already. I am a fully fledged hag and I’m glad I am. I know that because I only started to listen to this yesterday and It’s done. I want more. 👍

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Fantastic book !

I can’t wait to listen to this again! I want to catch all the things that I may be missed! It is so well written and funny and poignant. I got so many bits of information. The fact that most women of our age don’t talk about how they feel and the reality of life Caitlin has coveted all bases! Thank you for a great book 💖 wish I was in your Hag group 😜 if you need a redhead in the pack I’m your girl! 😘

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A very privileged perspective

There was a lot about this that I didn't relate to. And I'm guessing that—unless you're a successful, white, happily married, 44 year old with no health problems who lives in a North London suburb—you might feel the same. In 'How to be a Woman' I felt that Moran addressed universal truths very well through her own experience and I found her feminist commentary sharp and widely relevant. In this book, it felt narrow and restricted to people who had the same lifestyle and experience as the author. I felt a bit like I was on the bus eavesdropping on a well-meaning but out-of-touch middle class woman talking to her friend as they made their way from Waitrose to Hampstead Ladies Pond. There are sweeping generalisations about the role, nature, and interests of middle-aged women and mothers that I didn't recognise at all as being my own or those of others I know. And as laughs are very much down to how much you see yourself in the scenarios, I found myself laughing rarely and bristling at casual assumptions often.


That said, I happily listened to the whole book in a sitting. Moran reads well and it's well-paced and entertaining. It was a day spent in the cosy company of a funny, articulate, optimistic feminist. Albeit one with a very privileged perspective.

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Tiresome

Moran is a skilled chronicler of limited life experiences, but listening to her monologue is rather like being beaten around the head by a wet towel. After a while you just pray it will all end soon. I failed to finish this book.

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I found Caitlin Moran's narration really irritating. Her voice is ok but she repeatedly emphasises the same words over & over again. It's ok in the beginning but after a while I was switching off & not listening to her. Sorry but would have been better if someone else has voiced it

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Boring and tedious

I really like Caitlin Moran and her writing but the subject matter of this book has been done to death. This book is so boring. Men and women are different. “What are you thinking, really?” Wife asks husband. Just the same old men are from Mars women are from Venus observations said in a brummy accent. Oh and a chapter about anal sex. No thanks

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