How to Build a Girl
The phenomenal Number One Sunday Times Bestseller in hardback and now Number One in paperback!
My name’s Johanna Morrigan. I’m fourteen, and I’ve just decided to kill myself.
I don’t really want to die, of course! I just need to kill Johanna, and build a new girl. Dolly Wilde will be everything I want to be, and more! But as with all the best coming-of-age stories, it doesn’t exactly go to plan…
A Number One Sunday Times bestseller in hardback and now Number One in paperback, from Caitlin Moran, the award-winning and Sunday Times bestselling author of How to Be a Woman. (Selected by Emma Watson for her feminist book club ‘Our Shared Shelf’)
**Caitlin Moran’s second novel, HOW TO BE FAMOUS, sees the return of Dolly Wilde in a riotous coming of age novel set in the epicentre of Britpop London. Out Now**
"spirited coming of age novel romps from strength to strength...I'm a Moran fan" -- Lionel Shriver * The 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 * "This isn't a sleek, slick novel, but it is a rambunctious, raw-edged, silly-profound and deeply relatable guide to what your worst mistakes can teach you, and it has much to offer teenagers both actual and inner" * The Independent * "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 "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 * "A riotous read with jokes galore cut through with lightly handled serious observations about the nature of poverty and the challenges of emerging female sexuality. It is also stunningly rude..." * Sunday Express * "Exuberant, funny coming-of-age tale with a highly-literate, resourceful Wolverhampton teen at its centre. As building girls goes this is one alternative instruction manual every woman should read" * Daily Express * "The self-conscious agonies of precocious yet sensitive Dolly ring painfully true, while the witty sex scenes, boozy anecdotes and one-liners make this great fun..." * Sunday Mirror * "An exuberant coming of age novel in DMs and ripped tights" * Tatler * "So funny it hurts. How to Build a Girl is Adrian Mole meets Fear of Flying. I predict they'll be tears a plenty - both of laughter and excruciating recognition - on sun-loungers this summer" * Harper's Bazaar * "Moran is a brilliantly funny writer, and How To Build A Girl is brimful of jokes" * FT * "This very British (and very naughty) coming-of-age novel will have you in literal hysterics!" * Company * "terrific - funny, honest and deliciously rude" -- Alice O'Keefe * The Bookseller * "This is going to be a bestseller...A sharp, hilarious and controversial read" * The Bookseller * "I laughed aloud at this funny, outrageous story of a girl from Wolverhampton council estate who reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde" * Woman & Home * "as irreverent, amusing and vibrant as Moran herself" * GQ * "rowdy and fearless ... sloppy, big-hearted and alive in all the right ways" * New York Times * "Ms. Moran['s] ... funny and cheerfully dirty coming-of-age novel has a hard kernel of class awareness ... sloppy, big-hearted and alive in all the right ways." -- Dwight Garner * New York Times * "there's so much real feeling too. Johanna's vulnerability and bravado, as she moves out of her world and falls in love is beautifully done' or ` and running through it all, with a visceral power that most writers should envy, is the shame and grinding anxiety of being poor" * Sunday Times * "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 * "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 *
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