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  • Published: 28 June 2018
  • ISBN: 9781473553828
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 8 hr 46 min
  • Narrator: Louise Brealey
  • RRP: $19.99

The Biggest Ever Tim Vine Joke Book

A riotous novel set in the epicentre of Britpop London from the author of Sunday Times Number One bestseller, How to Build a Girl

Random House presents the audiobook edition of How to be Famous by Caitlin Moran, read by Louise Brealey.
Life is always better backstage, isn't it?
A funny, riotous novel about a young women making it in a world where men hold all the power from the Sunday Times bestselling author of HOW TO BUILD A GIRL

I'm Johanna Morrigan, and I live in London in 1995, at the epicentre of Britpop. I might only be nineteen, but I'm wise enough to know that everyone around me is handling fame very, very badly.

My unrequited love, John Kite, has scored an unexpected Number One album, then exploded into a Booze And Drugs HellTM - as rockstars do. And my new best friend - the maverick feminist Suzanne Banks, of The Branks - has amazing hair, but writer's block and a rampant pill problem. So I've decided I should become a Fame Doctor. I'm going to use my new monthly column for The Face to write about every ridiculous, surreal, amazing aspect of a million people knowing your name.

But when my two-night-stand with edgy comedian Jerry Sharp goes wrong, people start to know my name for all the wrong reasons. 'He's a vampire. He destroys bright young girls. Also, he's a total dick' Suzanne warned me. But by that point, I'd already had sex with him. Bad sex.
Now I'm one of the girls he's trying to destroy.
He needs to be stopped.

But how can one woman stop a bad, famous, powerful man?

  • Published: 28 June 2018
  • ISBN: 9781473553828
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 8 hr 46 min
  • Narrator: Louise Brealey
  • RRP: $19.99

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 The Biggest Ever Tim Vine Joke Book

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


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


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


A rollicking fantasy which leaves a rosy afterglow

Book of the Day, GUARDIAN

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


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

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

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


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


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 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


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

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