Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Author: Jeanette Winterson

Paperback |

The shocking, heart-breaking – and often very funny – true story behind Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson’s first novel, published in 1985. It was a story of survival. This book is that story’s the silent twin. (240 pages)


ISBN: 9780099556091 | Publisher: Vintage Publishing (UK) | Published: 2012

Category: Biography / Memoir, LGBTQ+

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.