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Sara Pascoe

The debut novel from the bestselling and award-winning comedian, writer and actor Sara Pascoe. Weirdo follows Sophie; feverishly anxious and working hard to be happy in her own skin – if only life wouldn’t make that so hard.

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‘Moving and bittersweet and clever . . . I love it.’ EMMA JANE UNSWORTH
‘Hilarious and heartbreaking at every sentence.’ CARIAD LLOYD
‘Quietly profound and laughing-in-public funny.’ CAITLIN MORAN
‘A tragicomic masterpiece.’ DAISY BUCHANAN

‘A deep meditation on how it feels to be lost – in your relationship, your family, your job and even your own mind.’ ELIZABETH DAY
‘Funny and deeply relatable.’ GUARDIAN
‘A tremendously exciting voice.’ THE TIMES
‘An incredible read.’ AISLING BEA
‘I loved every page.’ NATHAN FILER


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.

What readers are saying:
‘Acutely and profoundly observed.’
‘Brilliantly relatable and painfully honest.’
‘A book that will make you laugh, think, and feel a little bit better about being yourself.’
‘A funny, insightful and unusual perspective on growing into yourself.’
‘This is one of the best novels I’ve read in a long time.’

Critic Reviews

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.

Ella Risbridger, Guardian
Critic Reviews

A tremendously exciting voice. Pascoe has something to say and a thoroughly engaging way of saying it.

The Times
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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.

Hepzibah Anderson, Observer
Critic Reviews

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
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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
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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

Sara is a multi award-winning comedian, writer and actor. In addition to filming her BBC stand up special, LadsLadsLads, she wrote and starred in her own sitcom Out Of Her Mind (BBC2) and is the celebrated host of The Great British Sewing Bee (BBC2), Last Woman On Earth (BBC2), Comedians Giving Lectures (Dave) and Guessable (Comedy Central). Sara wrote and…

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