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Caitlin Moran

(Catherine Elizabeth Moran)
UK flag (b.1975)

Caitlin Moran had literally no friends in 1990, and so had plenty of time to write her first novel, The Chronicles of Narmo, at the age of fifteen. At sixteen she joined music weekly, Melody Maker, and at eighteen briefly presented the pop show Naked City on Channel 4. Following this precocious start she then put in eighteen solid years as a columnist on The Times both as a TV critic and also in the most-read part of the paper, the satirical celebrity column Celebrity Watch - winning the British Press Awards Columnist of The Year award in 2010 and Critic and Interviewer of the Year in 2011.

The eldest of eight children, home-educated in a council house in Wolverhampton, Caitlin read lots of books about feminism mainly in an attempt to be able to prove to her brother, Eddie, that she was scientifically better than him. Caitlin isn't really her name. She was christened Catherine. But she saw Caitlin in a Jilly Cooper novel when she was 13 and thought it looked exciting. That's why she pronounces it incorrectly: Catlin. It causes trouble for everyone.

Genres: General Fiction
Non fiction
British Book Award Book of the Year winner (2011) : How To Be a Woman
Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Writing Best Novel nominee (2015) : How to Build a Girl

Caitlin Moran recommends
In an Adventure with the Romantics (2012)
(Pirates!, book 5)
Gideon Defoe
"Gideon Defoe definitely puts the 'Ho ho!' - and, ideed, the 'Yo!' - into pirating."
Animals (2014)
Emma Jane Unsworth
"I wish I had written this book...Withnail with girls."
The History of Us (2016)
Jonathan Harvey
"Harvey makes me SCREAM."
Bitch Doctrine (2017)
Laurie Penny
"I can't really think of another writer who so consistently and bravely keeps trying to make the world better."
Reasons to Be Cheerful (2019)
Nina Stibbe
"The true heir to Sue Townsend."
Grown-Ups (2020)
Marian Keyes
"It's SUCH a treat. I felt like I was reading the cleverest cream cake of words."
How to Write Everything (2021)
David Quantick
"David Quantick has a medical condition whereby he literally cannot be unfunny."

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