Thursday 28 January 2021

Review: More Than a Woman by Caitlin Moran

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.

Review: Well I adored this book. I loved everything about it so this is kind of a hard review to write because I just feel like you should read it and I know you're going to enjoy it. 

I did the audio of this book and it was wonderful because it was read by the author and it meant that all the comic timing was in all the right places and when things started to get a bit serious, her tone got serious too. Emotions brought this book to life and if you can get hold of the audiobook I really recommend it. 

I loved How To Be A Woman so much that it is listed as one of my favourite books of all time. I feel like I should read it at least once a year and not just having read it a couple of time and so a follow up to that book was bound to be a win for me. I love the fact that this book starts out with the author talking to her past self about how everything has changed, or not as the case may be was just so wonderfully funny and poetic. 

One of my favourite sections of the book, aside from all of it, was when she discusses how there is no decent way to express female arousal. When reading books or listening to discussions about male arousal there is a whole host of ways to talk about it but when it comes to female arousal, what do we have? I was laughing out loud, in the gym listening to this and have replayed that chapter for many many people. 

As you'll have gathered by now, I love Caitlin Moran's writing, I will read and then reread anything she writes and I can't recommend this book highly enough, it was wonderful and funny and you should really and truly read it, on audiobook if possible!

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