Why be Happy When You Could be Normal?

by Jeanette Winterson

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A 2013 World Book Night selection.

 

Shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards 'UK Author of the Year' 2012.

A companion to Oranges are Not the Only Fruit, allowing Jeanette Winterson to explore the truth (often far worse than the fictionalised version) behind her autobiographical novel. The power of the written word to a child is brilliantly captured, books allowing the author to escape and find her own life – to write her own words.

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Why be Happy When You Could be Normal? Synopsis

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.

Why be Happy When You Could be Normal? Press Reviews

'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

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780099556091
Publication date: 12/04/2012
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780224093453
Publication date: 27/10/2011
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd an imprint of Vintage
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099556091
Publication date: 12th April 2012
Author: Jeanette Winterson
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 240 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites,
Categories: Autobiography: literary,

About Jeanette Winterson

Jeanette Winterson OBE is the author of ten novels, including Oranges are not the Only Fruit, The Passion and Sexing the Cherry; 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.

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