Welcome to the first ever episode of The Making Of from The Female Lead! Our guest this week is the journalist, author and legend Caitlin Moran. We asked her to choose six key life moments that have made her who she is today and she chose a fantastic list - some are funny, some are sad, but all of them hopeful and inspiring.
The episode was recorded during lockdown, over zoom, so please bear with us as some bits might sound a little wobbly (especially when Caitlin’s husband called in the middle of the recording to ask what she wanted from the shops and on another occasion her dog was pulling up the carpet).
Caitlin is the eldest of eight children, home-educated on a council estate in Wolverhampton in a three-bedroom house. She published a children’s novel, The Chronicles of Narmo, at the age of 16, and became a columnist at The Times at 18 and she still has a column there. She has been named Columnist of the Year six times and at one point, was also Interviewer and Critic of the Year. Her multi-award-winning bestseller How to Be a Woman has been published in 28 countries and won the British Book Awards’ Book of the Year 2011. Her two volumes of collected journalism, Moranthology and Moranifesto, were Sunday Times bestsellers, and her novel, How to Build a Girl, debuted at Number One, and is now a movie starring Beanie Feldstein - it’s great you can watch it on Amazon now!
Her book How to Be A Woman, was a game-changing take on feminism and the patriarchy. Now in her 40s, with teenage daughters, Caitlin is back with More Than A Woman: a guide to growing older and a manifesto for change.
In this interview we spoke about body image, marriage, sharing the domestic load, eating disorders, botox and loads more.
If you are struggling with eating disorders, or someone close to you is, Caitlin recommended these great places to find help:
The Making Of is hosted by Bea Appleby and is edited by Lauren Lind. The production is brought to you by The Female Lead
And the whole series is very kindly sponsored by Missoma