The Cows

The Cows

By Dawn O'Porter

  • Release Date : 2017-04-06
  • Genre : Fiction & Literature
  • FIle Size : 1.63 MB
Score: 4.5
From 150 Ratings
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The Cows Fearlessly frank and funny, the debut adult novel from Dawn O’Porter needs to be talked about.

COW [n.]

A piece of meat; born to breed; past its sell-by-date; one of the herd.

Women don’t have to fall into a stereotype.

Tara, Cam and Stella are strangers living their own lives as best they can – though when society’s screaming you should live life one way, it can be hard to like what you see in the mirror.

When an extraordinary event ties invisible bonds of friendship between them, one woman’s catastrophe becomes another’s inspiration, and a life lesson to all.

Sometimes it’s ok not to follow the herd.

The Cows is a powerful novel about three women – judging each other, but also themselves. In all the noise of modern life, they need to find their own voice.


‘A funny, smart, kind, incredibly truthful book about women . . . all the shame, judgement, envy and love that being alive and female entails’ Polly Vernon

‘Smart and insightful’ RED

‘Dawn's writing is addictive – fearless, beyond feisty and seriously funny’ Mel Giedroyc

‘Different, poignant and smart – I loved it’ Sara Lawrence, DAILY MAIL

‘A whirlwind of a story about three women finding their voice amid societal pressures . . . Excellent, funny, and decidedly unpatronising - as candid as Dawn’ METRO

‘An amazing book about choices and being yourself’ PRIMA

‘Compulsive… I can't wait for the next one’ Shappi Khorsandi

‘Funny and excruciating. You'll think about it for weeks!’ Kristen Wiig

‘I loved it. Funny, moving, twisty . . . Wow! I couldn’t stop reading it’ Jill Mansell

‘The Cows looks at motherhood and female friendship through a frank and funny prism that reminds me of the TV show Catastrophe. Smart, fresh and really readable – I loved it’ Tasmina Perry

‘Fast and funny’ WOMAN & HOME

About the author

DAWN O’PORTER is a novelist, columnist, broadcaster and designer who lives in Los Angeles with her husband Chris, son Art, cat Lilu and dog Potato. She has made numerous documentaries about all sorts of things: polygamy, childbirth, Geisha, body image, breast cancer and even the movie Dirty Dancing. She is the critically acclaimed author of Paper Aeroplanes and Goose.

Dawn launched ‘Help Refugees’ in 2015, a charity that sends urgent care to refugees across Europe. She is also the host of ‘Get It On’, a weekly podcast where she interviews interesting people about why they wear what they wear.


  • Brilliant!!!

    By beckmoz
    I couldn’t put this down, I will definitely recommend it to anyone who’ll listen!
  • Read it!

    By SurreyTrifle
    Highly recommended read. Made me laugh out of my nose on the bus. Read it!
  • What a read!

    By BexM 23
    A fantastic read, I couldn’t put the book down and read it within 3 days!
  • Brilliant from start to finish !

    By Kay Chhabs
    Loved this book, didn’t want to put it down. Definitely recommend.
  • The Cows

    By ladyrara38
    Absolutely fantastic, please read! It’s an eye opener
  • Amazing!

    By Withef1
    Every woman should read this book! Absolutely brilliant and hilarious.
  • Disappointed

    By hannahjemima
    This had really good reviews which was why I was so incredibly disappointed when I finished it. It was an easy read which I needed at the time but I didn’t really connect with any of the characters. Perhaps that’s my issue though. The one character I did like, the blogger, well I won’t include any spoilers but it was part of a very lazy ending. I enjoyed it in the end somewhat, but it probably shouldn’t have taken that long to get that good.
  • Refreshingly different

    By JosieJay
  • The Cows

    By Gemskirah
    I absolutely loved this book! It had me from the first page, I laughed, cried and was left lost in my thoughts! Now I have finished it I feel a bit lost! An absolute must read!
  • Loved it

    By Lauraaaa1
    So easy to relate to in many ways, easy read. Have recommended to friends and will continue to.