At an exclusive Times+ event which took place on Thursday, September 10, much-loved Times columnist Caitlin Moran spoke to Hugo Rifkind about her latest book More Than A Woman, the follow-up to the international and multi-award-winning ‘Book of the Decade’ How to be a Woman.
It is ten years since Caitlin Moran wrote How to be a Woman, the game-changing take on feminism, the patriarchy and becoming a woman. Back then she thought ‘the difficult bit’ was over. She’d done the panicky, messy years of thirteen to thirty, where you constantly reinvent yourself, and thought middle age would be a glorious doddle. As it turns out, middle age is when a whole new bunch of tough questions arise and answering them became the inspiration for More than a Woman.
The book is a manual for the next stage of a woman’s life, a manifesto for change, and a riotous, heart-felt celebration of all those middle-aged women whose stories never get made into TV shows, or movies but who, none-the-less, keep the world turning. You can read extracts from this brilliant book here.
Caitlin was in conversation with Hugo Rifkind, a columnist and lead writer for The Times. He writes a weekly opinion column and My Week, a diary parody. He also writes regular columns for The Spectator and GQ and is a frequent panellist on BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz. Hugo was named columnist of the year at the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards in 2011.
“This was quite superb. Moran is an amazing human being, balanced, pragmatic, articulate, exceptional. It was a privilege listening to her ... and Hugo, who was pretty good too. This has been one of the best events. The immediately previous one (last week) with Danny the Fink was also superb. You're obviously on a roll. Keep this up.”
“Absolutely brilliant!! A fabulous way for a middle aged woman to spend an hour of her evening, just loved listening and being inspired to be great!”
“This was a lovely event - really inspirational and insightful stuff - particularly talking about how men and women's magazines are separated and end up defining their individual lives. Really thought-provoking stuff. Thank you!”
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Photo of Caitlin credited to Alex Lake