April 22nd 2021
CAILTIN MORAN BELIEVES THAT WITH EVERY BOOK WE READ, WE BECOME ANOTHER LIFE BETTER. AND WE’RE SO HERE FOR THAT.
Anyone who (like this author) believes it supremely unfair that we only get one go at life, will understand the joy of books: the chance to stand for a while in another’s shoes, to see from different eyes and walk in new places.
Growing up with seven siblings and living a life of home-schooling, Caitlin Moran pretty much got to choose what she read and which fictional lives she donned each day during her childhood years. As a result, she missed out on much of the classics – or more accurately, all those books which a long time ago were deemed by a certain demographic and strata of society to be the ones everyone else should read for their ‘improvement’. Instead, she immersed herself in the great works written by women, fighting with her sisters about who was Jane, who Emily and who Anne Bronte in their games. She read Margery Kemp (literature’s first ever biography written by a somewhat charismatic 14th century English Christian mystic) and obscure but wonderful titles that would have been overlooked in schools. And she LOVED it. It was a chance to let her imagination run wild and formed the foundations of a love of words which has turned her into of our nation’s best-selling authors.
Having also been self-taught during school years – and believing, as Head of Books at LoveMyRead, in books with big souls not pretentious words – it’s been a joy working with Caitlin to hone her list of her favourite books for mothers and daughters this March. She’s chosen with flair as big as her hair and personality as sharp as her eyeliner.
There are some fabulous books in there that everyone thinks everyone has read but maybe have perhaps actually been sitting on a TBR pile – Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit of Love, soon to be a major BBC TV drama; and Helen Fielding’s still-makes-me-roar-today, wonderful novel, Bridget Jones’s Diary. There’s a book that explains why the world makes it so difficult to be a woman, Caroline Criado Perez’s astonishing non-fiction title, Invisible Women; a totally charming real-life Mary Poppins meets Adrian Mole story of a nanny living next door to Alan Bennett, Love, Nina by Nina Stibbe; and two powerfully brilliant books by black female writers: the unthinkably perceptive Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and the jaw-droppingly frank debut from Raven Leilani, Luster.
Getting to read your favourite author’s favourite authors is such a treat. Choosing any one of these books, you get to experience the lives of its characters but also come to know Caitlin Moran – woman, writer, mother, daughter – a little bit better too. It’s the sort of experience that can only make reading the so-funny-it-threatens-your-pelvic-floor book, More Than A Woman, even more delicious.
Whichever book you choose to read or gift this month, enjoy.
Vicki & The LoveMyRead Team x