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.
My thoughts on More Than A Woman…
Caitlin Moran is smart, funny, confident, honest (brutally so at times), and rocks a killer grey streak. And (bar the grey streak), her writing it the same. More Than A Woman had me laughing so hard I cried, and crying because of how hard life can be at times.
It is a collection of ‘letters’ to women like her – women like me. Women who are working while trying to raise teenagers, or take care of ageing parents. Women dealing with the fact that their bodies aren’t as supple or as able to manage a night out as they once were. Women who find joy in their female friendships and just how silly life can be sometimes and are determined to make the most out of every year they have left on this planet.
The ‘letters’ cover a lot of the life of an average 40-something year-old woman (in the UK at least). Including sex, love, friendship, and how hard it can be to raise teenagers. Some of the letters are funny. Some are sharp, biting. Some are brutally honest. Some are painful to read (her daughter had an eating disorder as a teen, and it is laid bare here).
Because of this, it won’t appeal to everyone. But it did appeal to me. I loved every single minute of reading this book. And, if you choose to read it, I hope you do too.
Buy on Amazon UK
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Read an extract here (this discusses difficult subjects – self-harm, suicide, eating disorders)