Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Writer of the year...

Caitlin Moran

The Times columnist's debut novel, 'How to Be a Woman' has wowed all this year with it's witty take on modern feminism, so much so that it was voted book of the year by the public. 

The 36-year-old wrote her book in 5 months, taking inspiration from twitter instead of the library! The part-biographical, non-fiction novel, which defines feminism as 'simply the belief that women should be as free as men,'  follows Caitlin from her thirteenth birthday- 'I am 13 stone, have no friends, and boys throw gravel at me when they see me'- through adolescence, the workplace, Topshop, clubbing, love, fat and the more serious topics of abortion and motherhood.

Moran's novel will have to snorting with uncontrollable laughter in recognition of situations that are so true of life, whilst also providing readers with a short but sharp feminist message. Though the book is prized for it's humour, there are serious sections that are just as striking, for example, the sections on her birth and abortion are particularly moving, even more so because they are true. 

The final argument made by Moran is that there should be more of us: different women having more power in the world. Why should only the women who are deemed pretty and young be successful? Moran argues for more female happiness, and 'How to Be a Woman' once read, will add to any woman's confidence.

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