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)
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Literally, i can not find positive enough words to show how much i love this book; the last time i was in actual awe of a book was with Eve Ensler's Vagina Monologues.
This book is hillarious, easy to read, extremely informative and (in places) gut wrenchling and brutally honest; all in equal measure, all at the same time.
I honestly believe that this book should be read by all women (and men actually!) it should be part of the sex education classes.
I'm 33, I've been Married and attempted to get Pregnant for many years; i thought i knew most of what there was to know about the female body. How wrong was i??! I've learnt so much by reading this book. I've laughed out loud, gasped in amazement, cringed in shame and weeped with sadness and horror.
Sara Pascoe has written this book in such a seamlessly effortless and honest way; to the point that i forgot i was reading, as it felt like i was down the pub having a heart-to-heart with one of my nearest and dearest.
Right from the introduction i was hooked; i couldn't stop reading. If i allowed myself, i could've very easily read it from cover to cover in one sitting. The only thing that stopped me from doing so was knowing that I'd be sad when I'd finished reading it.
I seriously can not recommend this book enough; it honestly is a must read!
Ps; the footnotes are fantastic all by themselves!
As are all the charity website links, recommendations of further reading and the 'shouty appendix'.
Ooh i almost forgot the diagrams; very informative indeed.
Thank you Sara Pascoe, for writing this book (and quite honestly baring your heart and soul for all to see)!!