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Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body Paperback – 21 Apr 2016
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I read this book recently, it's brilliant, and I hereby recommend it to you, the seething, unknowable public. (Frankie Boyle)
A tremendously exciting voice: timely, intelligent and buzzing with comedic charm ... Pascoe has something to say and a thoroughly engaging way of saying it. (The Times)
Some comics serve up their anxieties just for laughs; Pascoe draws on hers - about love, her body, having babies - to offer provocative (and positive) new perspectives on the world. (Guardian)
Funny, sad, angry, affronted, engaging and enlightening, stand-up comedian Pascoe just about nails everything that confronts women today. She then places it in the context of our cultural and evolutionary history so that it makes more sense. (Stylist)
Quirky, hilarious and well argued. This is not surprising - she's a talented performer who has appeared on Live at the Apollo and whose acting credits include The Thick of It and W1A. What is surprising is how unusual this piece of writing is. I cannot think of anything quite like it. It's part memoir, part comedy, part anthropological investigation of the human (mostly female) condition...It's a sympathetic read, largely because the voice is the same as the voice in Pascoe's stand-up. She is self-effacing with a quiet, fierce intelligence. It doesn't really matter what she wants to talk about, she makes you want to listen. Engaging, scatty, completely relatable, Pascoe is a trustworthy narrator of the human experience. (Viv Groskop Daily Telegraph)
Pascoe condenses complex subject matter into a succinct and entertaining read. (Antonia Charlesworth The Big Issue in the North)
Thrust this book into the hands of any young female. Their brothers should take a look, too. (Hepzibah Anderson Mail on Sunday)
Comedian Sara Pascoe shares the latest scientific thinking on love, sex and 'clever old fat', as well as her own experiences in a book that is saliently smart, thought-provoking and brilliantly silly. (Eithne Farry Psychologies)
Sara Pascoe's focus in this upfront, painfully funny book is the female body...The book is primed with humour and an awareness that we are, after all, animal. (Sainsbury's magazine)
Ever wondered why you haven’t got a tail? Sara Pascoe’s Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body covers sex, makeup, feminism, men, pubic hair – it’s a very funny and secretly serious look at being a real woman in a plastic world. (Jeanette Winterson Guardian Books of the Year)
A funny, feminist exploration of the female body by Fosters Comedy Award-nominated comedian Sara Pascoe.See all Product description
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Sara Pascoe has the talent of being able to express and communicate really weighty and important things about what it means to be a woman, psychologically, emotionally and biologically. What's missing is the feeling that it's a lecture, or that there's a veiled sense of blame, finger-pointing or misplaced anger that can alienate readers of either sex when someone writes about sexual politics in this way. Parts are hilarious, parts are angry (legitimately) and parts are sad but despite this, it didn't make me feel bad to be a man, it just made me feel like I'd missed something important for a long time about women.
I think moreover it made me realise that lots of women had been missing it too.
It's like a chat with a really good mate about something they're passionate about over a pint.
What it manages to do is to convincingly demystify a lot of well established presumptions and theories about women, and normalise a lot of behaviour that has been giving men and women trouble for centuries.
I get the sense that if you could get your teenage daughters and sons to read this, or just read them out the rude bits, you would be doing them a lot of good.
I'm guessing it's Pascoe's background in stand-up that make this such a lively read: she restlessly contemplates each subject from many different angles and employing many different registers -- funny, serious, sisterly, self-deprecating, authoritative, free swim.
The jazz-hands inevitably ease off in the middle, and what remains is at turns serious, intriguing, vulnerable, and flatly troubling when it comes to issues of consent in particular.
Both angry and full of love, Pascoe has delivered something heartfelt and valuable. She is in a meaningful relationship with humanity, and humanity needs to sort itself out.
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I highly recommend everyone read this book. Men too!! Wish I'd read it when I was younger. It's alleviated a lot of guilt I should never have felt 😊Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
Really good book. I couldn't put it down. Also very speedy delivery from seller !Published 13 days ago by Kmstevenson
I can't rate this book highly enough. Sara hits the nail on the head on every page. So much of what we think about female sexuality has come from men in the past who didn't have a... Read morePublished 17 days ago by J. Watts
It was so moving and also incredibly informative without being either too above my head or too condescending. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Hannah
Sara Pascoe is one of the nicest people on the planet and one of the funniest comedians. That's the reason I'm giving this book 5 stars. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Kamran Rahman
I loved this book! It was really funny and so informative, I just loved every minute of it. At first it was hard to get into her comedy style, but once you went with it the whole... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Sansa
I found this quite dull. It was interesting in some places, but I really had to force myself to finish itPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer