Tuesday intro: Moranthology by Caitlin Moran

Once again I’m linking up again with Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea who hosts a post every Tuesday for people to share the first chapter / paragraph of the book they are reading, or thinking of reading soon.

tuesdayI’m also joining in with Teaser Tuesday, hosted by The Purple Booker, where you share teasers from your current read. I read a lot of these posts over the course of an average Tuesday so thought it would be fun to join in here too.

This week, I am looking to read Moranthology by Caitlin Moran, one of my favourite writers and whose previous book, How to Be a Woman had me laughing out loud.  Here’s what Moranthology is about (well sort of)…

MoranthologyPossibly 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

And here’s how it starts…



I Try to Be Good

When I became a journalist at the age of fifteen, it was a matter of simple expediency.

Having been home-educated for the previous five years, I had no academic qualifications whatsoever.  As a resident of a council estate in Wolverhampton, this seemed to leave me with a grand total of three future employment options:

1) prostitution

2) working the checkout at the Gateway supermarket, Warstones Drive,


3) becoming a writer: an option I only knew of because that was what Jo March in Little Women, and Mother in The Railway Children had done, when they also fell upon hard times

And here are some teasers…

“I don’t think I can hold out any longer: I think it might be Sherlock time. Sherlock blew my mind like I wanted it blown – hard, fast, properly, and while I was too busy laughing to notice that it was quietly, and at the same time, breaking my heart”


“In this respect, at its best, the Welfare State is like some fabulous Electric Boogaloo – the current passing from one citizen to another, making us all body-pop joyfully into education, and up the class system”

So what do you think – would you keep reading?

Emma x




  1. […] The other nice thing about finally being in control of my own time is that I got lots of reading done.  I hadn’t planned on being too strict on myself this week, seeing it as a bit of a “half-holiday” so I spent more time reading that I normally can.  It felt great, especially as I have found my reading mojo again thanks to Moranthology by Caitlin Moran (review to follow but you can read more about the book here). […]


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