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Weirdo: Signed Edition (Hardback)Sara Pascoe (author)
From the popular comedian and author of Sex Power Money comes a side-splitting debut novel centred on the hapless Sophie and her desperate attempts not to stuff up her second chance at love.
The debut novel from the bestselling and award-winning comedian, writer and actor Sara Pascoe.
'I used to think my mum could see me through the cat'
Deep in Essex and her own thoughts, Sophie had a feeling something was going to happen and then it did. Chris has entered the pub and re-entered her life after Sophie had finally stopped thinking about him and regretting what she'd done.
Sophie has a chance at creating a new ending and paying off her emotional debts (if not her financial ones). All she has to do is act exactly like a normal, well-adjusted person and not say any of her inner monologue out loud. If she can suppress her light paranoia, pornographic visualisations and pathological lying maybe she'll even end up getting the guy she wants? Then she could dump her boyfriend Ian and try to enjoy Christmas.
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Number of pages: 368
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm
'Funny, sad, engaging, Pascoe nails everything that confronts women today.' - Stylist
'Genuinely hilarious.' - Frankie Boyle
Part of the joy of Weirdo is not knowing what to expect, or rather in having your expectations subverted by Sophie's smoothie-maker of a mind...this off-kilter perceptiveness manifests as the kind of precise observations you might expect from stand-up Pascoe: the crowdfunding hell of modern weddings, the bitter rivalry of unlikely sisters, the kinds of shit jobs people have when they move to London without a plan... very funny. Pascoe is equally good, though, on the unfunny bits... this [debut novel] will stick with you for a long time.' - Guardian
'A tremendously exciting voice. Pascoe has something to say and a thoroughly engaging way of saying it.' - The Times
'As bad sex goes, you'll be hard-pressed to find a scene more virtuosically dire than the six-page encounter that materialises partway through Weirdo... the reader experiences Pascoe's astute observational comedy as a blast of sanity... the ending is sublime, cleverly tying up with tender farce all of the book's most subversive ideas about romance and lust and the added power that storytelling gives them in our lives' - Observer
'If Camus was raised in Essex and lived in the patriarchy, this is the book he would have written. A book for all the weirdos out there, finding their way in the world, hilarious and heartbreaking at every sentence. Just brilliant.' - Cariad Lloyd
'You might expect it to be funny - and it absolutely is but the humour is always anchored in spot-on observation rather than slapstick. It also co-exists with something much darker and sadder... Weirdo evolves into a far deeper meditation on how it feels to be lost - in your relationship, your family, your job and even your own mind. It reminded me of Susannah Dickey's Tennis Lessons or Naoise Dolan's Exciting Times but with a narrative verve all of its own.' - Elizabeth Day
'You've never been inside a head like Sophie's - Sara Pascoe has written a book that is both quietly profound and laughing-in-public funny' - Caitlin Moran
'A tragicomic masterpiece. Sara's voice is so piercing and powerful. Sophie's raw vulnerability is scarily and brilliantly resonant. It's moving, vivid and real, and it will stay with me for a long time.' - Daisy Buchanan
'Weirdo is moving and bittersweet and clever. I feel like I haven't seen a character like Sophie anywhere ever before... as well as all the laughs itis a very tender book - imagining 'how to be worthy of boybands' lyrics' as a teenager made me flip inside out with recognition. As did a lot of Sophie's inner workings... I love it.' - Emma Jane Unsworth
'So idiosyncratic and yet universal... profound and moving and absolute genius. It has made me think and laugh so much.' - Lucy Mangan
'I fell in LOVE with Weirdo and the characters... you will fly through this incredible read. At times I laughed out loud at the beautifully interweaved jokes, which is not something I am used to doing while reading a novel.' - Aisling Bea
'A stunner of a book. Tender, trenchant, guffaws galore and hot with heart-break.' - Michael Pedersen
'Fans of Sara Pascoe's whimsical, observational but earthy humour will love Weirdo.' - Red Magazine
'Wryly funny.' - inews
'A witty, emotionally truthful read... liberating in its honesty, refreshing in its outlook.' - Buzz Magazine
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