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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 03/07/2014
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What do you do in your teenage years when you realise 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 realises 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, with a soundtrack by My Bloody Valentine and Happy Mondays. As beautiful as it is funny, How To Build a Girl is a brilliant coming-of-age novel in DMs and ripped tights, that captures perfectly the terror and joy of trying to discover exactly who it is you are going to be.

Publisher: Ebury Publishing
ISBN: 9780091949006
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 494 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 32 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"spirited coming of age novel romps from strength to strength...I'm a Moran fan" -- Lionel Shriver * The Times *
"rude, big-hearted, wise-cracking novel" -- Christina Patterson * The Sunday Times *
"a Portnoy's Complaint for girls... when I see this book described as "laugh-out-loud funny" I feel affronted; it could make you laugh out loud with one hand tied behind its back, while wanking itself off to fantasies of Satan. Laughing out loud is just the start" -- Zoe Williams * The Guardian *
"an entertaining read, with Moran in fine voice - hilarious, wild, imaginative and highly valuable...Moran is in danger of becoming to female masturbation what Keats was to Nightingales..." -- Barbara Ellen * The Observer *
"Moran also writes brilliantly about music, and especially about what music can do. She carries Johanna through this novel with incredible verve, extravagant candour, and a lot of heart. Johanna is ... a wonderful heroine. A heroine who cares, who bravely sallies forth and makes things happen, who gives of herself, who is refreshingly unashamed. She's so confident, it's glorious" * The Independent on Sunday *

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“You cannot but love Johanna aka Dolly Wilde”

After having read How to Build a Girl I found out that I missed out an Caitlin Moran. I apparently missed How to be a Woman and therefore started reading How to Build a Girl without any expectation. I was pleasantly... More

Paperback edition
20th August 2014
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“”

Although this isn't quite as good as How to Be a Woman it is still immensely amsuing and packed with Moran legendary wit and cutting sarcasm. Here we follow Johanna through the formative years of her mid to late... More

Paperback edition
15th June 2015
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“5/5”

How to Build a Girl. Where do I start? This is a story we're all familiar with: coming of age, the question of who we are and where we belong in the world, the pursuit of self-discovery. This is the tale of a... More

Paperback edition
1st November 2015
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