Such a enjoyable book, a collection of thoughts, opinions, words of wisdom and the occasional fanwank (which, given it was in regards to Benedict Cumberbatch, I didn’t mind in the slightest) from English journalist, broadcaster and reporter Caitlin Moran. She covers a range of topics, including feminism, politics, social welfare (Moran was a working-class child in the Thatcher era) celebrity, pop culture, feminism, David Bowie, technology, social media, feminism and a delightful entry about Elizabeth Taylor and her jewels that had me both chuckling and yearning for an era where the Taylors of the world were equal parts glamour and vulgarity and dared you to tell them the two were mutually exclusive.
If it wasn’t obvious from the first paragraph, Moran is an unrepentant, colours-to-the-mast women’s libber (though in all fairness, she has a strong social conscience when it comes to other put-upon groups, including the LGBT community and stateless refugees) But don’t let that put you off; her sense of humour shines through that makes it relatable, perhaps, even, piquing a reader’s interest into picking up something more in-depth, which is for another post.
This was a very engaging book and really deserving of a longer review, but all I can say is buy or borrow it and enjoy it for yourself. I’ll close with a quote from her which is very relevant for me at the moment, in a postscript she wrote for her daughter:
The main thing is just to try to be nice. Keep turning it up, slowly, like a dimmer switch, whenever you can. Just resolve to shine, constantly and steadily, like a warm light in the corner, and people will want to move towards you in order to feel happy, and to read things more clearly. You will be bright and constant in a world of dark and flux.