by MIA FREEDMAN
There are very few books I have inhaled and then immediately turned back to the begining to start again.
In fact there are only two and they were both written by Caitlin Moran.
Reading her first book, How To Be A Woman is probably the closest I will come to a religious experience.
Like many others who have read and raved about this book, I wrote big chunks of it down. Just because her words about being a woman – everything from periods to sexism to brazilians to childbirth to abortion to masturbation to feminism – were unlike any I’d read before but always innately felt and believed. Even if I hadn’t been able to articulate it yet.
I bought the book for my friends. For my mother and aunts. I talked about it and wrote about it…I still do. Caitlin Moran would have to be one of the biggest influences on me as a woman, a feminist and as a writer.
Are you getting the picture that I’m quite taken with her? So when the opportunity came up to interview her in conjunction with the release of her second book, Moranthology, I was a combination of jubilant and terribly anxious.
The day before our interview, I woke up quite sick. Just a cold but I was distraught not to be at my best. And then I remembered it was an interview. Not a date.
I downloaded a piece of software that would allow me to record our skype conversation – both video and audio – and naturally, when she finally called me at the appointed time, I forgot to press record.
No, I don’t want to discuss it any further. OK?
I’d been allotted half an hour. We ended up talking for well over an hour until my Skype connection crashed. Most of this time we were in her bed – we started in the kitchen but Caitlin was hung over and took me (on her laptop) back to bed where we hung out with her cat. In her bed. You know. Just us.
Here’s an edited version – we went on a lot of tangents – but here are the most interesting bits. Enjoy. xxxxxx
M: You seem really good at hangovers. I gave up getting smashed after I had kids because I am so terrified of having to parent with a hangover. How do you do it?
C: I have a husband who is naturally nice to rise early in the morning and he’s very dedicated to making breakfast. If it’s a cold day he’ll light the fire in the front room first, lay out [the kids’] breakfast on trays. He does a mini fried breakfast sometimes which is a quail’s egg that he fries, tiny bits of sausages and half rashers of bacon and pieces of toast pushed out with a cookie cutter. Basically I just go to bed and let my husband do everything.
M: He sounds like a proper wife.