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Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? By Jeanette Winterson, Random House. $29.99

At six weeks old, the baby who would become the successful novelist Jeanette Winterson was given up for adoption.

And so started a life story that would inspire the bestselling book and television series Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit.

Her adopted mother Mrs Winterson was a flamboyant depressive who waited daily for the apocalypse, even embroidering her daughter’s school gym bag with the message, “The summer is ended and we are not yet saved”.

It was a loveless and difficult childhood, and in this autobiography Winterson examines her search for happiness, belonging, and her biological mother, with humour and depth.

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