First Lines Friday: 17th August

First Lines Fridays

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

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Writing a book is an arrogant thing to do.


Read on to find out which book this extract is from…

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Animal by Sara Pascoe

Animal & Selfie

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Summary:

Take a funny and illuminating tour of the female body with award-winning comedian Sara Pascoe.

Women have so much going on, what with boobs and jealousy and menstruating and broodiness and sex and infidelity and pubes and wombs and jobs and memories and emotions and the past and the future and themselves and each other.

Here’s a book that deals with all of it.

Sara Pascoe has joked about feminity and sexuality on stage and screen but now she has a book to talk about it all for a bit longer. Animal combines autobiography and evolutionary history to create a funny, fascinating insight into the forces that mould and affect modern women.

Animal is entertaining and informative, personal and universal – silly about lots of things and serious about some. It’s a laugh-out-loud investigation to help us understand and forgive our animal urges and insecurities.


This book has been hilarious so far!  I’ll be honest, I’d never heard of Sara Pascoe’s work before reading this, but I’m only a short way in and already I want to see what her stand-up comedy is like.  I like that Sara covers topics some writers shy away from, like anxiety and insecurities, and some of what she has said has really resonated with me, and made me rethink some of my own attitudes.  So far so good – hopefully the rest of the sections are as engaging!

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Happy reading,

Emma

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