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How to Build a Girl

(2014)
A novel by

 
Awards
Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Writing Best Novel (nominee)
What do you do in your teenage years when you realize what your parents taught you wasn't enough? You must go out and find books and poetry and pop songs and bad heroes - and build yourself.

It's 1990. Johanna Morrigan, 14, has shamed herself so badly on local TV that she decides that there's no point in being Johanna anymore and reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde - fast-talking, hard-drinking gothic hero and full-time Lady Sex Adventurer. She will save her poverty-stricken Bohemian family by becoming a writer - like Jo in Little Women, or the Brontes - but without the dying-young bit.

By 16, she's smoking cigarettes, getting drunk, and working for a music paper. She's writing pornographic letters to rock stars, having all the kinds of sex with all the kinds of men, and eviscerating bands in reviews of 600 words or less.

But what happens when Johanna realizes she's built Dolly with a fatal flaw? Is a box full of records, a wall full of posters, and a head full of paperbacks enough to build a girl after all?

Imagine The Bell Jar - written by Rizzo from Grease. How to Build a Girl is a funny, poignant, and heartbreakingly evocative story of self-discovery and invention, as only Caitlin Moran could tell it.

 
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Hardback Editions

June 2015 : USA Library Binding
thumbTitle: How to Build a Girl (P.S. (Paperback))
Author(s): Caitlin Moran
ISBN: 0-606-36935-X / 978-0-606-36935-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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September 2014 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: How to Build a Girl: A Novel
Author(s): Caitlin Moran
ISBN: 0-06-233597-9 / 978-0-06-233597-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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1738 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: How to Build a Girl
Author(s): Caitlin Moran
ISBN: 0-09-194900-9 / 978-0-09-194900-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ebury Press (Fiction)
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Paperback Editions

June 2015 : Canada Paperback
thumbTitle: How To Build A Girl
Author(s): Caitlin Moran
ISBN: 1-4434-3362-4 / 978-1-4434-3362-4 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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June 2015 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: How to Build a Girl: A Novel (P.S. (Paperback))
Author(s): Caitlin Moran
ISBN: 0-06-233598-7 / 978-0-06-233598-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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April 2015 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: How to Build a Girl
Author(s): Caitlin Moran
ISBN: 0-09-194901-7 / 978-0-09-194901-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ebury Press (Fiction)
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July 2014 : Canada Paperback
thumbTitle: How To Build A Girl
Author(s): Caitlin Moran
ISBN: 1-4434-3361-6 / 978-1-4434-3361-7 (Canada edition)
Publisher: HarperAvenue
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July 2014 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: How to Build a Girl
Author(s): Caitlin Moran
ISBN: 0-09-194902-5 / 978-0-09-194902-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ebury Press (Fiction)
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Audio Editions

September 2014 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: How to Build a Girl: A Novel
Author(s): Caitlin Moran
ISBN: 1-4830-2847-X / 978-1-4830-2847-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio
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September 2014 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: How to Build a Girl: A Novel: Library Edition
Author(s): Caitlin Moran
ISBN: 1-4830-2846-1 / 978-1-4830-2846-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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September 2014 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: How to Build a Girl
Author(s): Caitlin Moran
Publisher: HarperAudio
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September 2014 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: How to Build a Girl
Author(s): Caitlin Moran
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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September 2014 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: How to Build a Girl
Author(s): Caitlin Moran
Publisher: HarperAudio
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August 2014 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: How to Build a Girl
Author(s): Caitlin Moran
Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
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August 2014 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: How to Build a Girl
Author(s): Caitlin Moran
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Kindle Editions

September 2014 : Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: How To Build A Girl
Author(s): Caitlin Moran
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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September 2014 : USA Kindle edition
thumbTitle: How to Build a Girl: A Novel (P.S. (Paperback))
Author(s): Caitlin Moran
Publisher: Harper
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July 2014 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: How to Build a Girl
Author(s): Caitlin Moran
Publisher: Ebury Digital
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