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Why Be Happy When You Could be Normal?

Why Be Happy When You Could be Normal?

Author: Jeanette Winterson
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In 1985 Jeanette Winterson's first novel, "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit", was published. It was Jeanette's version of the story of a terraced house in Accrington, an adopted child, and the thwarted giantess Mrs Winterson. It was a cover story, a painful past written over and repainted. It was a story of survival. This book is that story's the silent twin. It is full of hurt and humour and a fierce love of life. It is about the pursuit of happiness, about lessons in love, the search for a mother and a journey into madness and out again. It is generous, honest and true.

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The shocking, heart-breaking - and often very funny - true story behind Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit


"A fierce and funny exploration of her past and of what it means to belong." - "The Telegraph" "At every turn . . . her fresh, vivid way of putting things stops one dead in admiration." - "The New York Times" "She writes in flights of poetry. . . . She is equally deft with straightforward prose, in which she makes sharp, wry observations on her myriad themes--love, sex, technology, society, art, the life and death of the spirit." - "San Francisco Chronicle" "Blazingly good." - "Daily Mail" "Arguably the finest and most hopeful memoir to emerge in many years, and, as such, it really should not be missed." - "The Times" "Breathtaking: witty, biblical, chatty and vigorous all at once.... Powerful." - "Financial Times" "Remarkable.... Brave and beautiful, a testament to the forces of intelligence, heart and imagination. It is a marvellous book and a generous one." - "The Spectator"

Author description

Jeanette Winterson OBE is the author of ten novels, including The Passion, Sexing the Cherry and Written on the Body, a book of short stories, The World and Other Places, a collection of essays, Art Objects as well as many other works, including children's books, screenplays and journalism. Her writing has won the Whitbread Award for Best First Novel, the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize, the E. M. Forster Award and the Prix d'argent at Cannes Film Festival. Visit her website at

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General Fields

  • : 9780099556091
  • : Vintage Publishing
  • : Vintage
  • : September 2011
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : June 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 240
  • : 512
  • : Paperback
  • : Jeanette Winterson
  • : 823.92