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    DescriptionWhat 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.


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    Title
    How to Build a Girl
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Caitlin Moran
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 134 mm
    Height: 214 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 360 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780091949020
    ISBN 10: 0091949025
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11800
    Libri: ENGM1080, FRAU1045, FEMI5000, FRAU2222
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    BIC E4L: GNR
    Publisher
    Ebury Press
    Imprint name
    Ebury Press
    Publication date
    03 July 2014
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    CAITLIN MORAN was brought up on a council estate in Wolverhampton where she was home-educated, wore a poncho and had boys throw stones at her whilst calling her 'a bummer'. She published a children's novel, The Chronicles of Narmo, at the age of 16, then became a columnist at The Times at the age of 18 which, yeah, looking back now is kind of weird. At one point she was Columnist, Interviewer and Critic of the Year - so in your face, 'bummer' boys. Her multi-award-winning bestseller How To Be a Woman was published in 25 countries, was a New York Times bestseller and won the British Book Awards Book of the Year. Her second book, Moranthology, was a Sunday Times bestseller. With her sister, she co-writes the Channel 4 sitcom Raised by Wolves. Caitlin lives on Twitter with her husband and two children, where she spends her time tweeting either about civil rights issues, or that picture of Bruce Springsteen when he was 25 and has his top off. She would like to be remembered as 'a very sexual humanitarian'.
    Review quote
    "Brilliantly observed, thrillingly rude and laugh-out-loud funny" -- Helen Fielding "I have so much love for Caitlin Moran" -- Lena Dunham "Binge-read all of #HowToBuildAGirl in one sitting. Even missed supper. A first" -- Nigella Lawson "spirited coming of age novel romps from strength to strength.I'm a Moran fan" -- Lionel Shriver The Times "She writes with breathtaking brio.Moran shows her shining soul - which is even more remarkable than her wit - when she writes about being young, looking for love and the utter vileness of the class system ...almost every page has something on it which makes you smile, makes you sad or makes you think - often all three at once, in one sentence" -- Julie Burchill The Spectator