Review of Sara Pascoe’s book: ‘Animal’

books-w500-h500Most members of the Book Club enjoyed this very candid and thought provoking book, which lead to a stimulating discussion. Sara explores what it is like to be female and delves into all the difficult, personal issues which sometimes confront women.  Her material is drawn from her own very intimate and revealing anecdotes, together with research she has carried out into the anthropological theories that might shape women and drive our animalistic needs!  She lays bare her self-hate about her appearance, questioning where these insecurities originate.    No topic is spared – from abortion, female genital mutilation, to rape and consent.  We found her chapter on the complex nuances of consent particularly insightful – one that maybe all young girls should read (and perhaps young boys too)!

Sara manages to do all this with characteristic frankness and wit, without ever sounding moralising or judgemental.   Members enjoyed the book so much that several of us have booked to see her show when it comes to the Y Theatre in April 2017.  

Members are currently reading ‘The Essex Serpent’ by Sarah Perry, which will be discussed at the next Book Club Meeting on 6th March 2017 at 7.30 pm at The Angel Hotel.   New members welcome.