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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 best-selling 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 19, 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?  

©2018 Caitlin Moran (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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The Girl Anthem

All I can say is I wish this book existed when I was 17. Instead, I am 27 and will have to be content with pressing this book into the hands of every girlfriend, girl cousin, aunt, neighbour lady and general female passerby. This is the new anthem for girls everywhere.

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  • Daisy Diamond
  • 07-15-18

wonderful!

The funniest, most quotable, joyful, uplifting read! I recommend with all my crazy heart and soul!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-22-18

Incredibly relatable!

I strongly recommend this book to females from 16 upwards. Good to advice young girls of what may lie ahead. Whilst older women can relate to it.

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  • Sus Jeffries
  • 07-20-18

Beautiful

I loved this book. I really really loved it.
It is funny and smart and resoundingly feminist and, in the end, really beautiful.

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  • Emily
  • 07-06-18

Undoubtedly exhilarating and empowering

Johanna Moragan and Dolly Wilde are who I now strive to be. How to Build a Girl and How to be Famous are the best books that have ever been written. They have brought me so much joy , excitement and they have made me create a new aim. That all I want in life is to be confident. Louise Brealey's narrating is absolutely brilliant. I listen to these books on repeat, I only wish I'd read them when I was younger.

If you treat yourself to anything this year, make sure the first is How to Build a Girl and the second is this book.

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  • Sarah
  • 07-12-18

Caitlin Moran you glorious beast

not once before have I bothered to pre order an audio book but I have been waiting for this bad boy for a good few months. I loved the first novel and I loved this one. can't find enough great things to say about it Caitlin Morans writing is phenomenal, funny, sad, happy, poignant, relatable. please write another one pronto! (Also narrator is v good I have to say, that can make or break a story sometimes)

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  • Lyndon Lennon
  • 04-28-22

Bloody Brilliant

Simply could not put it down. I bought it after hearing Caitlin in conversation with James O'brien and so glad I did.
I have read the others but as an heterosexual man, it seems like I was peeping into a world for women and teenage girls. This was great.

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  • TanRay
  • 09-12-21

Visceral

At least a decade before women found words and courage to speak out frequently about the things that happen to us, Caitlin was saying things that even now many women struggle to say out loud, articulate or even admit to themselves. Full of painful, seminal moments that I suspect and fear are common to most, if not all, women, it is a wonderful, wise, funny, sometimes heart-rending yet light and easy book that I wish I could have read as a teenager. I wish Caitlin Moran was my friend and mentor. What a legend.

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  • Jonathan Howells
  • 08-09-21

Great narrator of a fab story

I want to be friends with Dolly Wild after listening to this book. so goos

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  • Mr Monti
  • 01-08-21

Loved it!

The best book for young feminists. One day I'll give it to my daughter.

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  • Lena
  • 06-08-20

brilliant!

I think I am in love with John kite too!
I also loved the performance.

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  • Julie Robertson
  • 04-30-20

Smart, funny and something ever woman should read

Caitlin Morans writing and narrative in the book has so many airs of fleabag in terms of the things I think a lot of women think about but don’t say out loud or put down on paper. This is both powerful, funny and affirming! Done if the funniest one liners and descriptors of the female “horn” I have ever seen/heard in my entire life. I’d read it again!

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  • Mrs. K. Skarbek
  • 08-28-19

Fabulous, funny and tender.

I love Caitlin Moran. I love her wit and her rawness and her story-telling is the best.
Listen to this if you want a hearty, chuckle some read. Read it especially if you are a child of the 80’s and from the midlands, like me, where every aside is like giggling with an old friend over all the things that made the 90’s brilliant. Read it if you want a bloody good laugh.
I have a teenage daughter and I will make her read everything by Caitlin Moran (when she is old enough) because it’s an education. In what it’s like to be young, foolish, in-love and learning, every moment what it is to be fully yourself.
Narration, is excellent.

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  • IsaB
  • 10-29-18

Heart bursting joyful, laugh out loud, moving fabulousness!!

This is a story that will touch the heart and soul of every woman! So many, “oh I know what feels like” moments, alongside the wonderful, insightful, visceral, vibrant way the character Johanna feels and deals with what life throws at her. On a backdrop of the 90s with all the intensity we feels at 19, this story speaks to the heart and confronts the real fears and struggles we feel when we enter the world of grown up life, sex, love, and deciding who we are and how we tell the world!!

And, I absolutely loved the way Moran describes New York!! Absolutely nailed it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-10-18

I am so sad this adventure is over!

Dolly is every one of us. This book is a brilliant trilogy to her series. I laughed so hard at some parts of this book and would enforce future women too read this.
thank you Caitlin for never failing to disappoint.