How to be Famous (Hardback)Caitlin Moran (author)
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The hilarious, big-hearted, no-holds-barred sequel to Cailtin Moran’s bestselling debut novel How to Build a Girl.
I’m Johanna Morrigan (AKA Dolly Wilde), and I live in London in 1995, at the epicentre of Britpop. I might only be nineteen, but I'm wise enough to know that everyone around me is handling fame very, very badly.
My unrequited love, John Kite, has scored an unexpected Number One album, then exploded into a Booze And Drugs Hell - as rock-stars do. And my new best friend - the maverick feminist Suzanne Banks, of The Branks - has amazing hair, but writer's block and a rampant pill problem.
So I've decided I should become a Fame Doctor. I'm going to use my new monthly column for The Face to write about every ridiculous, surreal, amazing aspect of a million people knowing your name.
But when my two-night-stand with edgy comedian Jerry Sharp goes wrong, people start to know my name for all the wrong reasons. 'He's a vampire. He destroys bright young girls. Also, he's a total dick', Suzanne warned me. But by that point, I'd already had sex with him. Bad sex.
Now I'm one of the girls he's trying to destroy.
He needs to be stopped.
But how can one woman stop a bad, famous, powerful man?
Set three decades before #metoo How to Be Famous is a wry, quick-witted and painfully honest novel about fame, fortune and female friendship. Part feminist-comedy, part Britpop romance, it’s alive with all the energy, heartache and resilience of being young, free and reckless. An unbridled delight.
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 450 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 30 mm
'Rewrites the near past heroically leaving a rosy satisfied afterglow' - The Guardian
'A deeply satisfying tale of sex, drugs, britpop, unrequited love, London, and a narrator I completely adore. This is funny, philosophical, and poignant in equal measure. Glorious and life-enhancing' - Nina Stibbe, Sunday Times bestselling author of Love, Nina
'The dazzlingly gifted Moran makes mythic the maligned, misunderstood, momentous 1990s. Prose crackling and fizzing with charm, mischief and passion, she is the sharpest, funniest, most influential writer of her generation, which is also my generation, annoyingly' - Stuart Maconie
'Moran's words are, as always, kind, tender and achingly funny. This is a real love letter to teenage girls and North London - if this book was a popstar I'd be putting its posters up on my wall and doodling its name all over my Maths book' - Daisy Buchanan
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“Fame and fortune!”
I love Caitlin Moran. She is brilliant at what she does. Her writing is clever, funny and honest. This story continues from her previous book. Not for the faint hearted but you would expect nothing else. This author... More
I was very excited to read this novel as I loved How To Be A Woman and How To Build A Girl. Another fantastic novel by Caitlin Moran, she never ceases to amaze me by her writing!
“Even better than 'How To build a Girl'”
I thoroughly enjoyed this continuation of Dolly Wilde's story (Be sure to read 'How to build a girl' first, by the way).
Equally funny and messy and rock'n'roll-y as it's... More
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