Moranthology - A Review

Tuesday, 16 April 2013
Caitlin Moran has been "writing the fuck out of shit since 1992", including not one but three award-winning columns for The Times. She also shares my last name and has a Twitter addiction that surpasses my own. Basically she is amazing and an all-around badass.

Caitlin Moran Moranthology
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This past weekend, I finished reading Moranthology - a collection of her writings from The Times ranging from serious political pieces to downright bizarre encounters. Usually I'm not one for anthology books because I find them difficult to keep my interest. Not Moranthology, I couldn't put it down! Once I was finished one article I was eager to start the next!

I decided to share five of my favourite articles from the book. I thought it would be easy, until I actually sat down to write this thing. I have little pencilled stars next to far more than five! How I narrowed it down in the end, I don't think I'll ever know but here they are:

  1. Sherlock Review 2: The Frumious Cumberbatch. Until reading Caitlin Moran I had not seen a single episode of BBC's Sherlock. This review and the one before it (Sherlock Review 1: Like a Jaguar in a Cello) made me realise what an amazing show I was missing. I debated which of these I felt encouraged my prompt decision to go out and buy it. Since watching Series One and re-reading them, I have decided it was definitely the second. The reason, she asks the question that is on all English minds, "Why GOD are there only three episodes of Sherlock per series?"
  2. We Only Had Two Transsexuals in Wolverhampton. Long story short, there was a bit of a kerfuffle after a ten-year-old boy returned from the school holidays as a girl. Parents were even going as far as saying that they should have been consulted before hand. Besides being consulted on all parenting matters, it appears the main goal of these parents was to keep their own children in the dark. A round of applause for these parents, putting a child that is already going through a difficult time under the public microscope. Yes, well done all of you. And you're the ones who you think should be consulted for parenting advice? Hmm. The message I took from this piece is anyone, not just children, should be allowed and encouraged to ask questions. Knowledge is power as Captain Planet would say!
  3. Libraries: Cathedrals of Our Souls. As a book lover I've always thought of libraries as something to be respected and cherished. The sad truth is libraries are having to fight to stay open. In this digital age, libraries are no longer seen as necessary. More students are using the internet to do research for the term papers. Reading for fun? Why bother when they'll make a film about it in a few years. (Excuse me while I pause to cringe at humanity) For Caitlin libraries are so much more then that, they were a place where she could escape to and she makes a strong case for their continued purpose in society! And please tell me I'm not the only one who while reading this pictured 'little girl' Caitlin a bit like Roald Dahl's Matilda.
  4. Unlike Most of the Coalition, I Was Raised on Benefits. This one might actually be my favourite of the entire book because it made me look at people on benefits in a different light. I try not to be too political on this blog, so I hope you can afford me a few sentences. I'll be honest, I looked at people on benefits with a bit of a sceptical eye. The image of council estates I had in my mind is just the tracksuit-wearing stereotype she described. When I saw 'chavs' (see glossary) with the latest gadget, all I could think about was that my hard-earned money had bought. And on top of all of this, I saw people on benefits as most likely fakers taking advantage of the system. This one made me realise that while some of those people are "dodgy, most of them are doing their best..." I'm not saying my entire outlook on the benefits system has changed because of this one article, but I won't be so quick to tar everyone on benefits with the shame brush.
  5. The Best Royal Wedding Ever. I love the royal family. I don't go CRAZY for them like some, but I do love them! As such, I loved this piece. Not just because it was about the royal family but it brought back memories of a great day. My greatest regret of the day after reading this, watching it on the BBC instead of ITV1. Yes, the BBC's coverage was to thoughtful, perhaps even a bit subdued but it appears that ITV was just more amusing. Zooming up on Chelsy Davy's (Prince Harry's then girlfriend) tango-coloured face. Describing the Westminster Abbey as "It's very... pretty". Why did I miss this?! Thankfully, Caitlin Moran was able to summarise all of the coverage, including Twitter, in one brilliant column! Thanks Caitlin!

While I've followed @CaitlinMoran on Twitter for a while and read a few of her columns in The Times, this book really made me a fan! I would recommend this book to pretty much everyone, especially writers! At times I woke my sleeping husband because I was laughing out loud! I find her personality and writing style to be inspirational! Maybe she isn't everyone's cup of tea but she's definitely mine!  I'll be adding How To Be A Woman (2011) to my Goodreads 'to read' list, if I haven't done so already!

If you haven't read Caitlin Moran's Moranthology, you can purchase it by going to Quintessentially English's Amazon Affiliate Store or by clicking below! More importantly, if you HAVE read Moranthology, what were some of your favourite columns. Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @essentialerin!


Erin x


  1. I have read "How to be woman" and, although I still wouldn't call myself a feminist, I enjoyed it and really started to like her writing style. Think I will keep my eyes open for this one now :-)

  1. EmmaK said...:

    This anthology looks like a hoot! Will definitely check it out. Although I've always thought Moran's hair dye job was bad like a skunk on acid. She needs to update her look a bit methinks. I am a Brit living in Baltimore and found you on Blogexpat so come over and say hi!
    Emma xx

  1. Erin Moran said...:

    Thanks for your comment! 'How To Be A Woman' will probably be one of my next books!

  1. Erin Moran said...:

    A hoot is just what it was! See her hair somehow works for me! I don't know why but it does. Perhaps it's so wrong that it's right? I will definitely come say hello! Glad you found my blog!

    Erin x

  1. Jade said...:

    I love Caitlin, didn't realise she had another book out. I will have to download it for my Kindle right away!

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