Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
Mr B's review
One of the most emotionally moving and stunningly written books, Winterson’s ‘Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal’ is a non-fiction which reads like autofiction – it is the true story behind her novel ‘Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit’. Here we see the writer’s energies directed not toward seeking revenge on her past but on reckoning with her present and turning fully towards the future. Perfect for fans of Westover’s ‘Educated’. – Ed
The shocking, heart-breaking – and often very funny – true story behind Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.
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.
‘Unforgettable… It’s the best book I have ever read about the cost of growing up’ Daisy Goodwin, Sunday Times
**ONE OF THE GUARDIAN’S 100 BEST BOOKS OF THE 21st CENTURY**
Incredibly moving and full of Winterson’s characteristic wit. * Elle * Jeanette Winterson’s writing is poetic, emotive and beautiful * So Many Books So Little Time (blog) * This book is good, sensible, beautiful company… Try this — A.L. Kennedy * Week * A searingly felt and expressed autobiography…Funny and profoundly hopeful – a tale of survival — Kate Hamer * Metro * Unforgettable… It’s the best book I have ever read about the cost of growing up. — Daisy Goodwin * Sunday Times *
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