Sara Pascoe to write a book about murder

Thursday 17th September 2020, 3:51pm by Jay Richardson

  • Sara Pascoe's next book will be on the topic of murder, she has revealed
  • Speaking to Channel 4, she said "it's ruminating in my brain but I haven't started writing it yet"
  • She describes herself as a "true crime" obsessive
Sara Pascoe. Copyright: Idil Sukan.

Sara Pascoe has revealed her next book will be about murder.

The comic, who is currently promoting the paperback edition of her second book, Sex Power Money, made the disclosure on Channel 4's Way To Change The World podcast.

"It's ruminating in my brain but I haven't started writing it yet," she told host Krishnan Guru-Murthy.

"The people who are most vulnerable to being murdered in our society is a chapter in itself," she added.

"How vulnerable trans people are ... people seem to be quite, not all people, but people who are trans deniers or transphobics, there's these really stark statistics that they completely reject or completely ignore. And it would be a really interesting way to talk about certain vulnerabilities in society and privileges."

A self-declared "murderino", defined as someone with a borderline obsessive interest in true crime, particularly the details of disturbing murders, Pascoe has previously claimed that "it's actually very rare that I'm really into something that doesn't have murder in it".

Discussing her favourite true crime podcasts, she explained: "I found a thing that the more gruesome a murder is, the quicker I fall asleep", on Laura Whitmore's Castaway podcast in November. "Something happens that just makes me feel so relaxed and then I go to sleep."

Murder was also the subject of the opening episode of her 2018 Radio 4 series, The Modern Monkey, where she revealed that she sleeps with a hammer in her bed to fight off potential attackers.

Examining the evolutionary reasons why men are overwhelmingly far more likely to be murderers than women, she explained that "I'm obsessed with murderers because it's an aspect of human nature that horrifies me.

"And I know I'm making jokes about it and being flippant but sometimes flippancy diminishes the fear."

Sex Power Money and its predecessor, Animal, were published by Faber & Faber. It is not yet known if a deal has been struck for her third book.

Pascoe and Lolly Adefope will be among Graham Norton's guests when his chat show returns to BBC One on Friday 2nd October, and Pascoe has also been confirmed as a guest on Sara Cox's new literary show for BBC Two, Between The Covers. She will appear with Tom Allen, Phil Wang and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, discussing Sex Power Money and Matt Haig's The Midnight Library.

Currently appearing as a regular guest on Frankie Boyle's New World Order, the comic will return to BBC Two shortly with the travelogue The Last Woman On Earth, in which she investigates the world's most endangered jobs.

Her debut sitcom as creator and star, the loosely autobiographical Out Of Her Mind, in which Juliet Stevenson and Ade Edmonson play her parents and Fiona Button her sister, is also due to begin soon on the same channel.

She is also set to host two further series of Comedians Giving Lectures on Dave.

Here's a clip of Pascoe suggesting the best way to kill someone from the 2019 BBC broadcast of her stand-up show LadsLadsLads:


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Sara Pascoe - Sex Power Money

Sara Pascoe - Sex Power Money

"Joji, a 50-year-old man from Japan, was squished to death by his porn collection in 2016. He might have been a really funny man, very kind, brilliant at crosswords or a super good swimmer. But we don't know anything about him, because his death is the kind that obliterates any life. People don't usually get physically hurt by their pornography use. Marjorie didn't get papercut to death by her copy of Fifty Shades of Grey. But there remains much discussion about the danger, the harmful effects of porn..."

Part comedy, part anthropological study, here is everything Sara Pascoe has learned from scientists, sex ed teachers, pornographers, psychologists, sex workers, and serial daters; about masculinity, status, porn, and stuff. Like her first book, Animal, Pascoe overthinks and overshares in the name of our entertainment and education. This is a whipsmart, winningly funny look into who - and what - we are and what makes us tick.

First published: Tuesday 27th August 2019

  • Released: Thursday 29th August 2019
  • Publisher: Faber And Faber
  • Pages: 336
  • Catalogue: 9780571335992

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  • Released: Thursday 6th August 2020
  • Publisher: Faber And Faber
  • Pages: 336
  • Catalogue: 9780571336005

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Sara Pascoe - Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body

Sara Pascoe - Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body

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 femininity 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.

First published: Thursday 21st April 2016

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