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Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body Paperback – 21 Apr 2016

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (21 April 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057132522X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571325221
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)

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A funny, feminist exploration of the female body by Fosters Comedy Award-nominated comedian Sara Pascoe.

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