- 20 Aug 18
Caitlin Moran's fictional doppelgänger, Johanna Morrigan, returns in this sequel to How To Build A Girl . Its timely release applies 2018's biggest talking points - including #MeToo - to 1995 Britain.
The book follows journalist Johanna's sexual experiences, as she gains notoriety writing under the pseudonym Dolly Wilde. She has a disastrous fling with comedian Jerry Sharp, who videotapes their encounter without Johanna's consent. The contemporary resonances are obvious. Johanna's friend Suzanne, a young musician who also had a questionable encounter with sleazy Jerry, is even more blunt. The pair warn-off other potential victims, and set about combating male dominance within the music industry.
The sophistication with which they battle misogyny is less what you'd expect from young adults, and more the response of an established writer who is well-versed on issues of gender, sex and consent. But when writing is as personal as Moran's, the lines are bound to become blurred.