Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body


We recommend this…

particularly for cis women who are struggling with confidence, body image, societal expectations, sexual relationships, or much-misunderstood health issues such as PCOS and for their family, friends and lovers.

A quick summary

This is an unusual and brilliant thing – a science book that goes at breathless pace, written with wisecracking humour and personal honesty. But don’t underestimate it from the informal style – Sara Pascoe is deeply sincere and serious about her enquiry, and this book is the result of wide-ranging reading across psychology, sociology and medicine. Her commentary is insightful and sharp. She is also always funny, humane and kind.

Content note: includes discussion of rape and sexual assault; abortion; traumatic births; traumatic and non-consensual medical experimentation


Publisher’s description:

The hilarious feminist account of the female body by the award-winning comedian.

‘HILARIOUS’ Daily Telegraph
‘Brilliant’ Frankie Boyle

Sometimes Sara Pascoe confuses herself. She gets wildly and pointlessly jealous. She spends too much time hating her bum.

And you know what she hates more than her bum? Her preoccupation with her bum. She’s had sexual experiences with boys she wasn’t really into, but still got a post-coital crush on them. She’s ruined brand-new relationships by immediately imagining them going into reverse.

There was so much about her behaviour that Pascoe wanted to understand. So she started researching what makes us – women – tick. And what she read made her eyes fall out of her face.

Reader, here is everything science has to tell us about love, sexuality, infidelity, boobs, periods, pubes, broodiness, and clever old fat. Merry Christmas and Hallelujah! Suddenly being a woman doesn’t look like such a minefield after all.

‘Fresh and HONEST’ Guardian
‘Timely and INTELLIGENT’ The Times
‘FUNNY, sad, angry, affronted, engaging and ENLIGHTENING’ Stylist

Additional information

Format Paperback
Weight 270 g
Dimensions 198 × 130 × 23 mm
Book Author

ISBN 9780571325245


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