Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
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. But this 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, 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.
About the Author
Jeanette Winterson was born in Manchester and read English at Oxford, during which time she wrote her first novel, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit. Tanglewreck, her first novel for children, was published to critical acclaim in 2006. In the same year she was awarded an OBE for services to literature.
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