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Animal by Sara Pascoe

Animal book cover

Our non-fiction book choice for March is Sara Pascoe's entertaining and thought-provoking look at the female body

About the book

Comedian Sara Pascoe often talks about femininity and female sexuality on stage and her first book delves into these issues in more depth. In Animal she combines evolutionary history with autobiographical anecdotes. There's some fascinating research into the female form of several different species (including the female mallard) – and an equally fascinating look at the behaviour of women – presenting personal anecdotes, which range from being hilariously funny to deeply harrowing, to look at the forces that have shaped and affected modern women. Animal is divided into three sections: love, body and consent and within each section Sara investigates issues ranging from falling in love, body image, periods and reproductive organs and on to rape and FGM.

Her voice is frank and candid but never without humour and she brings light to some really weighty issues. Over the last year there's been a wealth of books about femininity from comedians and actors across the globe, but Sara Pascoe's Animal stands out as a highly original investigation that manages to be thought-provoking without being preachy, funny as well as moving. We think it’s essential reading for women and men and should be handed out to teens to ensure the next generation continue to contemplate, question and challenge feminist issues.

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 Out of 10 Cats and is a regular contributor on the channel 4 series Stand Up for The Week. Sara won the 2014 Chortle Award for Best Breakthrough Act and has enjoyed regular roles in W1A and Twenty Twelve. She's also written for the Guardian, the Independent and Standard Issue magazine. You can find her on Twitter @sarapascoe.

Ask the author

We're inviting you to put your questions to Sara Pascoe. Post up your questions before March 30 and we'll upload the answers to the discussion thread by 10 April.