Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? (Paperback)
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Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? (Paperback)

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Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 12/04/2012
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'Unforgettable... It's the best book I have ever read about the cost of growing up.' - Daisy Goodwin, Sunday Times

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.

Jeanette Winterson OBE is a British writer, broadcaster and activist. Her first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit was published in 1985 to international acclaim. Winterson's subsequent novels, including Sexing the Cherry, Written On the Body and The Stone Gods, explore the boundaries of physicality and metaphysicality, sexual identities and gender polarities.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099556091
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 170 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Unforgettable... It's the best book I have ever read about the cost of growing up.' - Daisy Goodwin, Sunday Times 

'A searingly felt and expressed autobiography...Funny and profoundly hopeful - a tale of survival' - Kate Hamer, Metro 

'This book is good, sensible, beautiful company... Try this' - A.L. Kennedy, Week 

'Incredibly moving and full of Winterson's characteristic wit.' - Elle

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“A memoir of an unusual childhood”

When the tv adaptation of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit was screened in 1990 it was compulsive viewing. The story of a girl raised by strict Pentecostalists in a Lancashire town who struggles with her adoptive... More

Paperback edition
27th July 2014
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“Unputdownable - like its author”

Jeanette Winterson's energy and verve come crackling off the page from the first paragraph and you know you're in for another dark and mischievous read. It's more than a straight life story - there are... More

Paperback edition
23rd June 2012
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“Powerful, heartwrenching yet funny”

This is an incredibly powerful book. It begins in a very simlar vein to Oranges with the humour and absurdity of Mrs Winterson but a much deeper sadness resonates. The painful honesty that it is written with really... More

Paperback edition
19th March 2013
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