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. 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.
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"