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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 (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,443 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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Really thought-provoking and entertaining book. I bought this for my girlfriend, but ended up reading most of it before I gave it to her.
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.
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I cannot recommend this book enough. It my sound like an exaggeration but this book really changed my life. It's helped me with some personal issues in a funny and therapeutic way. Sarah's writing is intellectual, funny and personal and I just loved it so much. I have already lent it to all my friends and hope people continue to buy and read this book for a long time.
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This book is a real tour de force, really *very* funny, somewhat 'admissional' (defiantly not 'confessional'), but overall USEFUL. It's based on fascinating research and interpretation about the female of several different species. But mostly about humans, and then mostly about Sara.
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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A clever and thought provoking look at what makes Homo sapiens tick. For once a book that skews female and doesn't make us feel like an after thought or an appendage to male sexuality. Incredibly funny. Often moving. You won't be able to shake it off and nor will you want to.
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This was an interesting read and easy to follow. However this Sara does like to go on about herself, but she's quite funny. I recommend you buy this second hand so you don't waste you're money paying full price.. It's a book you'll probably only read once
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Just fantastic. I want everyone I've ever met to read this. As I've read lots on gender equality I thought the focus was going to be too general, but I found it really informative, thoughtful and very funny.
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I have something of a 'mid life crisis crush' on Sara and have seen her twice on stage. This book is extremely funny and I was delighted when I met her at a gig recently and got it signed by the lady herself. I highly recommend it (and I highly recommend you try and get to see her live on her current tour).
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THe first sex education book that is based on fact and logic. This should be compulsory reading for school children and perhaps more importantly for their parents. I have always held her views and it was wonderful to find that I am not alone. This is thoughtful, sincere, witty and a very honest book. She commands my great respect as it reassures me that my life has been normal and explicable. Thanks Sara
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