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

Life is always better backstage, isn't it?


'Who better than Caitlin Moran to bring fame down to earth with a bump' - Helen Fielding, bestselling author of Bridget Jones's Diary
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

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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?

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'A deliciously funny sequel to How to Build a Girl' - Red Magazine

'This is funny, philosophical, and poignant in equal measure. Glorious and life-enhancing' - Nina Stibbe

'A filthy, gutsy, exhilarating call to arms' - Emma-Jane Unsworth

Reviews

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

STUART MACONIE

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

NINA STIBBE, Sunday Times bestselling author of Love, Nina

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

HELEN FIELDING, bestselling author of Bridget Jones's Diary

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

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

THE TIMES

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

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Also by Caitlin Moran

Moranifesto
Are Men Obsolete?
How to Build a Girl
Moranthology
How To Be a Woman
The Chronicles Of Narmo

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The Bear and The Nightingale
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