Magazine article The Spectator

A Guide to the Media Circus

Magazine article The Spectator

A Guide to the Media Circus

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Caitlin Moran's bestselling How to be a Woman careered with reckless frivolity from the personal (eldest of eight, home-schooled in a council house in Wolverhampton) to the political (better pornography, larger pants, more body hair). Her latest effort, Moranthology (Ebury Press, £18.99) casts a retrospective glow of gravity over its predecessor. That was a manifesto of sorts; this is proper-job knockabout.

Moran, who writes three columns a week for The Times, gives us a mish-mash of interviews, 'celebrity watches' and other ephemera from the past 20 years.

Her skill as an interviewer lies not in the killer question but in the way she conveys being there and messing it up. She is gleeful and rueful and on the money: Eddie Izzard has 'eyes like guns'; Keith Richards's laugh is like 'a crow stuck in a chimney'. …

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