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Jeanette Winterson - Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal ? (2nd Hand Paperback)

SKU B002047

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 - a memoir. Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? is a memoir about a life's work to find happiness.

It's a book full of stories: about a girl locked out of her home, sitting on the doorstep all night; about a religious zealot disguised as a mother who has two sets of false teeth and a revolver in the dresser, waiting for Armageddon; about growing up in an north England industrial town now changed beyond recognition; about the Universe as Cosmic Dustbin.

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.

  • Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
  • Condition : As New
  • Category : Non-Fiction - Autobiography & Biography
  • Published : 2012 (Vintage)
  • ISBN : 9780099556091
  • SKU : B002047
  • PPC : LL280gm
  • RRP : £8.99
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.
External 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.