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‘Fiction needs its specifics, it’s anchors. It needs also to pass beyond them. It needs to be weighed down with characters we can touch and know, it needs to fly right through them into larger, universal space.

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‘I miss God. I miss the company of someone utterly loyal. I still don’t think of God as my betrayer. The servants of God, yes, but servants by their very nature betray.

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‘Pastor Finch said that the possessed are given to uncontrollable rages, sudden bursts of wild laughter, and are always, always, very cunning. The Devil himself, he reminded us, can come as an angel of light.’

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Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1985)

I’m tempted to very clumsily look for a trend in the career of Jeanette Winterson with other writers of the mid-eighties. I feel as if Jeanette Winterson, Ben Elton and Margaret Atwood shared a similar sort of career path from writer to cultural identity and commentator that certain other eras of writers also have, for instance Updike/Mailer/Vidal or Ellis/Tartt/ Janowitz/ McInerney. 501 more words


Meaning Seeking Creatures: Jeanette Winterson and George Herbert

A short post this morning as I’m on the 6.05 from Lime Street and it’s wobbly on this Virgin Pendolino. I can’t be looking at the screen for long. 704 more words

#100WomenNovelists: Jeanette Winterson

Blog Post 5: Oranges are not the Only Fruit (1985)

Like most people I lived a long time with my mother and father. My father liked to watch the wrestling, my mother liked to wrestle; it didn’t matter what.

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100 Women Novelists Of The 20th Century

Thoughts on: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

I finished reading Jeanette Winterson’s “Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?” I was expecting a happy autobiography, after all I had never read any of her books before and the photo on the cover of the book was of a really smiley child holding a beach ball and looking like she is enjoying her day out. 1,730 more words