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  • Published: 16 July 2019
  • ISBN: 9780091948993
  • Imprint: Ebury Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $24.99

How to be Famous

The Sunday Times Number One bestseller from the author of How to Build a Girl about a young woman making it in a world where men hold all the power.

The Sunday Times bestselling Richard & Judy Book Club favourite

'Being Moran, the jokes and one-liners fizz and crackle off the page' Richard's Review

'As usual, Moran writes fearlessly, openly, honestly and incredibly funnily about sex - especially bad sex' Judy's Review


I'm Johanna Morrigan. It's 1995. I'm nineteen and I live in the epicentre of Britpop. Parklife!

My unrequited love, John Kite, is busy with a Number One album, world-tour, drugs, and a nervous breakdown.

So, I've started hanging out with hot young comedian Jerry Sharp. Big mistake.

"He's a vampire," my friend Suzanne warns. "One of those men who destroys bright young girls. Also, he's a total dick."

Unfortunately, I've already had sex with him. Bad sex. And now, I'm one of the girls he is trying to destroy.

I know I have to stop him. But how does one girl fight a famous, powerful man?

A novel about friendship, feminism and finding your place in the world.

  • Published: 16 July 2019
  • ISBN: 9780091948993
  • Imprint: Ebury Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $24.99

About the author

Caitlin Moran

Caitlin Moran is the eldest of eight children, home-educated on a council estate in Wolverhampton, believing that if she were very good and worked very hard, she might one day evolve into Bill Murray.

She published a children’s novel, The Chronicles of Narmo, at the age of 16, and became a columnist at The Times at 18. She has gone on to be named Columnist of the Year six times. At one point, she was also Interviewer and Critic of the Year - which is good going for someone who still regularly mistypes ‘the’ as ‘hte’. Her multi-award-winning bestseller How to Be a Woman has been published in 28 countries, and won the British Book Awards’ Book of the Year 2011. Her two volumes of collected journalism, Moranthology and Moranifesto, were Sunday Times bestsellers, and her novel, How to Build a Girl, debuted at Number One, and is currently being adapted as a movie. She co-wrote two series of the Rose d’Or-winning Channel 4 sitcom Raised by Wolves with her sister, Caroline.

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 23, and has his top off. She would like to be remembered as ‘a very sexual humanitarian’.

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Praise for How to be Famous

The dazzlingly gifted Moran makes mythic the maligned, misunderstood, momentous 1990s. Prose crackling and fizzing with charm, mischief and passion, she is the sharpest, funniest, most influential writer of her generation, which is also my generation, annoyingly


Moran's words are, as always, kind, tender and achingly funny. This is a real love letter to teenage girls and North London - if this book was a popstar I'd be putting its posters up on my wall and doodling its name all over my Maths book

DAISY BUCHANAN, bestselling author of How To Be A Grown-Up

A deeply satisfying tale of sex, drugs, britpop, unrequited love, London, and a narrator I completely adore. This is funny, philosophical, and poignant in equal measure. Glorious and life-enhancing


On every page you'll find yourself tits-deep in word treasure. A filthy, gutsy, exhilarating call to arms

EMMA-JANE UNSWORTH, bestselling author of Animals

Who better than Caitlin Moran to bring fame down to earth with a bump

HELEN FIELDING, bestselling author of Bridget Jones's Diary

It's quite a ride, this book. It's laugh-out-loud funny, sweetly romantic and fiercely angry. Often all at once ... beautifully written


Brilliantly funny, caustic social commentary with the best-wish fulfilment revenge scene I've read, like, ever


A machete-sharp follow up [to How to Build a Girl] ... boasts a rogue's gallery of brilliant characters familiar to anyone who has ever read the NME


This gloriously rude, rambunctious read, finds Moran applauding the much-maligned music choices of teenage girls, figuring out the rules of how to be famous and celebrating the importance of getting good and angry about the rubbish stuff that happens to young women


Funny feminist Johanna Morrigan is back...a rude, raucous and necessary book


A rollicking fantasy which leaves a rosy afterglow

Book of the Day, GUARDIAN

A fist-pumping celebration of being female. In the same way that many of us will have recognised our twenty-year-old selves in Cat Person, most women will see something of their teenage sexual encounters in this book


A glorious life-affirming love letter to teenage girls, pop music, best friends and that one guy you'll never get enough of


An electric roundhouse kick to the heart. Warm, piercing, sexy and fucking hilarious

LAUREN BEUKES, bestselling author of The Shining Girls

As you'd expect from award-winning Moran, this book is brash, razor-sharp and full of heart


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How to be Famous in 3 words

We asked Caitlin Moran if she could describe her new novel, HOW TO BE FAMOUS, in 3 words what would they be? How to be Famous is OUT NOW - http://po.st/befamous