'Animal' by Sara Pascoe

Sara is a comedian who has talked and joked about female sexuality, psychology and the media’s portrayal of women on stage and screen. While researching her most recent live show, Sara realised that she had a lot more to say. In Animal, her first book, she combines autobiography and evolutionary history to make us laugh and reconsider the female body, from armpit hair to zygots.

In each chapter Sara examines a specific part of aspect of the human female body; why it has evolved and how it is exalted, oppressed, fetishized or misunderstood in modern culture. So much of how we feel about ourselves is programmed by millions of years of successful mating behaviour: our obsession with youth, comparing ourselves to other women, wishing for tiny waists or massive breasts, jealousy, broodiness, infidelity and homosexual feelings. Along the way, she’ll take on plastic surgery, pubes, consent, clitorectomys, gonads, hormonal influences, monogamy, masturbation and virginity.

About the author
As a stand up, Sara Pascoe has starred on Live at the Apollo, QI, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Room 101, as well as 8/10 Cats and is a regular contributor on the channel 4 series Stand Up for The Week.Sara Pascoe vs History earned her a prestigious Fosters Comedy Award nomination for Best Show at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival. Sara won the 2014 Chortle Award for Best Breakthrough Act. As an actress, Sara has enjoyed regular roles in W1A and Twenty Twelve. She’s also written for the Guardian, the Independent and Standard Issue magazine.


Approx 60 mins

Creative work details

Title: Animal
Date Published: 2016-04-21


‘The funniest, best book about sexuality, sex and sexy – (and not so sexy) time EVER WRITTEN.’
‘A hilarious look at what makes us human – it taught me so much about myself, and equally as much about why Sara is one of the funniest and most astute writers around.’
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