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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 her first book Sara combines autobiography and evolutionary history to entertain and inform about the female body. Why we have boobs and how they have become so fetishised. How the kidnap of a 13-year old-chimney sweep's daughter created our present age of consent. The discovery and subsequent forgetting of the clitoris, the many eras of misunderstanding the female orgasm. Did you know that clitorectomys were once performed on British and American women to cure masturbation and hysteria? And that we learned so much about female sexuality from the behaviour of sperm?

ANIMAL: HOW A WOMAN IS MADE aims to be entertaining and informative and personal and universal and silly about lots of things and serious about some.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1997 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (19 April 2016)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01DYJJ6Z8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

I cannot recommend this book enough

10 people found this helpful.
 on 24 January 2017
By Amazon Customer
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.

Can’t recommend enough!!

2 people found this helpful.
 on 2 September 2017
By Ami Louise
This is one of the very few books that has a) taken my breath away b) left me speechless and c) made me want to shout out from the rooftops just how bloody great it is – all at the same time.

Surprisingly serious discussion of sexuality

2 people found this helpful.
 on 20 September 2017
By Amazon Customer
I have to be honest that I was expecting this to be a flippant and lightweight read and, although it is far from bleak, it turned out to be a thoughtful and well researched discussion of a range of topics like to the female anatomy. Open where topics have differing points of view but determined in presenting an argument. I thoughly enjoyed this and would not hesitate to recommend to anyone.

Fantastic book! I bought it because she’s funny but …

One person found this helpful.
 on 9 January 2018
By Mark B
Fantastic book! I bought it because she’s funny but this is much more than the usual run of comedy books, lots of thought provoking ideas and a big shock to this middle aged male… I had no idea.

One of the best books I’ve ever read!

One person found this helpful.
 on 26 December 2017
By Amazon Customer
I would recommend this book to anyone; everyone, regardless of age or gender, could learn something useful, interesting, or thought-provoking from reading this. As well as being incredibly smart and relevant to sociopolitical issues, it is hilariously written, and there were times I was laughing out loud in public! A treasure of a book, and ideally everyone would read it.


One person found this helpful.
 on 8 July 2017
By Ava g
This book is funny, well written and excruciatingly real! Everybody needs to read this! It debunks falsified ‘truths’ and explains how things are the way they are from sex to relegion. Loved read this

I love this book

One person found this helpful.
 on 22 November 2017
By Jessica
I love this book! It’s an autobiography mixed with biology/psychology/sociology, where she makes sense of certain events in her life (and her insecure and seemingly irrational feelings that a lot of women share). I read this after seeing her on RHLSTP (Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast) which I thoroughly recommend watching also!

Really informative and interesting

One person found this helpful.
 on 5 October 2017
By Ms. Cm Brennan
I loved this book. A great mixture of well explained and well researched theory about being female combined with opiniom and anecdote. It was not only an enjoyable read but made me feel good to be female, which I think is a really important thing for a book to be able to do. I have recommended it to so many people already. An excellent read.

This book is extremely funny and I was delighted when I met her at …

2 people found this helpful.
 on 17 May 2016
By Mr. M G Thompson
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).

Best read of 2016 so far

One person found this helpful.
 on 22 June 2016
By Lucy
A brilliant book from start to finish. Honest, relateable and funny. I lost track of how many times I read parts out to my husband, would have been easier to just give him the book once I was done. An important read for anyone growing up or who thinks they’re as grown up as they’ll ever be.
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