Possibly the only drawback about the bestselling How To Be A Woman was that its author, Caitlin Moran, was limited to pretty much one subject: being a woman.
In MORANTHOLOGY Caitlin ‘gets quite chatty’ about many subjects, including cultural, social and political issues which are usually left to hot-shot wonks and not a woman who sometimes keeps a falafel in her handbag. These other subjects include…
Caffeine | Ghostbusters | Being Poor | Twitter | Caravans | Obama | Wales | Paul McCartney | The Welfare State | Sherlock | David Cameron Looking Like Ham | Amy Winehouse | ‘The Big Society’ | Big Hair | Nutter-letters | Michael Jackson’s funeral | Failed Nicknames | Wolverhampton | Squirrels’ Testicles | Sexy Tax | Binge-drinking | Chivalry | Rihanna’s Cardigan | Party Bags | Hot People| Transsexuals | The Gay Moon Landings
I’ve been reading Moran since her days writing blistering, scabrous reviews for music magazines and I have enjoyed her work consistently. How To Be A Woman was great, and this is a collection of her columns where she demonstrates the same keen eye and indiscreet humanity that characterised her previous work. She talks openly about her working poor origins and speaks of her family with genuine wit ad warmth, showing us the affection and the influence that family has on her.
She has some fantastic interviews, Keith Richards, Paul McCartney, Eddie Izzard and Lady Gaga and set against that are clarion calls for online compassion, enthusiastic reviews of Sherlock and Doctor Who, beautiful obituaries for Elizabeth Taylor and Amy Winehouse as well as hilarious recollections of life with her children and her husband, Peter who is a fantastic music journalist, and serves as an inadvertent foil in some of the funniest columns, which is the two of them having those 3 am chats that couples do.
The column about the appeal of libraries for the working class is achingly beautiful, and when she touches on the pain of poverty and disability, the disparity of the perception versus the reality of people in receipt of benefits, shows that she is a writer of startling power and her next book Moranifesto, which touches on politics, should be a fantastic perspective on politics and how it affects people.
She’s a drunken cackle and a stirring monologue of a writer, open and intense with her passions and she has a personable and engaging voice. Column collections can be a mixed bag but Moranthology is fantastic, entertaining and thoughtful work.