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