• Depuis qu'elle a été adoptée par Mrs Winterson, Jeanette a toujours lutté. Contre sa mère et sa morale religieuse stricte, contre ceux qui l'empêchent d'aimer et de vivre comme elle l'entend. Heureusement, elle a rencontré les livres. Et les mots sont devenus ses alliés. Jeanette écrit pour réinventer sa vie, s'extirper du gris, apprendre à aimer et être libre enfin.

  • "Ma mère n'avait pas d'opinions nuancées. II y avait ses amis et ses ennemis. Ses ennemis étaient : le Diable (sous toutes ses formes), les Voisins d'à côté, le sexe (sous toutes ses formes), les limaces. Ses amis étaient : Dieu, notre chienne, tante Madge, les romans de Charlotte Brontë, les granulés antilimaces, et moi, au début." Les oranges ne sont pas les seuls fruits recrée sur le mode de la fable l'enfance de Jeanette, double fictionnel de l'auteur.
    A la maison, les livres sont interdits, le bonheur est suspect. Seul Dieu bénéficie d'un traitement de faveur. Ce premier roman nourri par les légendes arthuriennes ou la Bible célèbre la puissance de l'imaginaire. Tout semble vrai dans ce récit personnel mais tout est inventé, réécrit, passé au tamis de la poésie et de l'humour. Publié en 1985 en Angleterre, Les oranges ne sont pas les seuls fruits a connu un immense succès, devenant rapidement un classique de la littérature contemporaine et un symbole du mouvement féministe.

  • Henri est l'aide-cuisinier de Napoléon Bonaparte, chargé de préparer son met préféré : les volailles, que l'empereur dévore. Il devient ensuite soldat, et vit la guerre de l'intérieur. Mais lorsque les troupes françaises s'acheminent péniblement vers la Russie, son adoration pour Napoléon s'effrite.Pendant ce temps, à Venise, Villanelle, fille d'un batelier, mène une vie bien mystérieuse. Elle se travestit en homme, travaille au Casino et connaît une histoire d'amour secrète qui tourne au drame quand elle perd littéralement son coeur - son amante le lui a volé.Les chemins de Villanelle et Henri se croisent à Moscou : c'est là-bas qu'elle a fui l'Italie, et qu'il a déserté son régiment. Entre eux se nouent les fils de la passion, et les deux jeunes gens n'ont désormais qu'un seul but : retrouver le coeur de la jeune femme, pour enfin devenir amants.

  • Par une nuit de tempête à La Nouvelle-Bohême, une ville du sud des États-Unis, un Afro-Américain et son fils sont témoins d'un terrible crime. Sur les lieux gisent un corps et une mallette remplie de billets. Quelques mètres plus loin, à l'abri, un nourrisson. Abasourdis, craignant la police, ils décident de fuir avec l'argent et le bébé. Mais que s'est-il passé avant leur intervention ? Que faisait là cette toute petite fille ? Qui est-elle ?
    C'est ce que Jeanette Winterson s'attache à démêler dans cette libre adaptation du Conte d'hiver de Shakespeare. Sous sa plume unique, chacun des personnages de la tragédie prend vie à travers son double contemporain : financier londonien avide, créateur de jeux vidéo, chanteuse à succès, tenancier de club de jazz...
    Superbe réflexion sur le pouvoir destructeur de la jalousie et de l'avidité, La Faille du temps rappelle l'intemporalité du génie shakespearien et donne à voir l'immense talent et le prodigieux savoir-faire de la romancière.
    « Une des plus talentueuses romancières contemporaines, Jeanette Winterson, reprend Le Conte d'hiver, et le résultat est un roman dont la lecture est un plaisir radieux. »
    The New York Times
    « Captivant, addictif à la manière d'une bonne série télé. »
    The Independent
    Jeanette Winterson est née en 1959 à Manchester et a grandi dans le nord de la Grande-Bretagne. Elle relatera ces années de formation dans Les oranges ne sont pas les seuls fruits (L'Olivier, 2012). Traduite dans près de trente pays, elle connaît depuis Pourquoi être heureux quand on peut être normal ? (L'Olivier, 2012) un immense succès en France.

  • Condemned to shoulder the world "for ever" by the gods he dared defy, freedom seems unattainable to Atlas. But then he receives an unexpected visit from Heracles, the one man strong enough to share the burden, and it seems they can strike a bargain that might release him . . . Jeanette Winterson asks difficult questions about the nature of choice and coercion in her dazzling retelling of the myth of Atlas and Heracles. Visionary and inventive, believable and intimate, Weight turns the familiar on its head to show us ourselves in a new light.

  • An evil Magus is intent on turning London into gold. Only a boy and his quick wits stand between the Magus and his goal.

  • From one of Britain's best-loved literary novelists comes a magical, lyrical tale of the young orphan Silver, taken in by the ancient lighthousekeeper Mr. Pew, who reveals to her a world of myth and mystery through the art of storytelling.Motherless and anchorless, Silver is taken in by the timeless Mr. Pew, keeper of the Cape Wrath lighthouse. Pew tells Silver ancient tales of longing and rootlessness, of the slippages that occur throughout every life. One life, Babel Dark's, a nineteenth-century clergyman, opens like a map that Silver must follow, and the intertwining of myth and reality, of storytelling and experience, lead her through her own particular darkness.A story of mutability, talking birds and stolen books, of Darwin and Stevenson and of the Jekyll and Hyde in all of us, Lighthousekeeping is a way into the most secret recesses of our own hearts and minds. Jeanette Winterson is one of the most extraordinary and original writers of her generation, and this shows her at her lyrical best.

  • Henri had a passion for Napoleon and Napoleon had a passion for chicken. From Boulogne to Moscow Henri butchered for his Emperor and never killed a single man. Meanwhile, in Venice, the city of chance and disguises, Villanelle was born with the webbed feet of her boatman father - but in the casinos she gambled her heart and lost. As the soldier-chef's love for Napoleon turns to hate he finds the Venetian beauty, and together they flee to the canals of darkness.

  • This is the story of Jeanette, adopted and brought up by her mother as one of God's elect. Zealous and passionate, she seems seems destined for life as a missionary, but then she falls for one of her converts. At sixteen, Jeanette decides to leave the church, her home and her family, for the young woman she loves. Innovative, punchy and tender, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a few days ride into the bizarre outposts of religious excess and human obsession.

  • Sexing the Cherry celebrates the power of the imagination as it playfully juggles with our perception of history and reality.



    It is a story about love and sex; lies and truths; and twelve dancing princesses who lived happily ever after, but not with their husbands.



    With a new introduction by the author

  • Good Friday, 1612. Pendle Hill, Lancashire. A mysterious gathering of thirteen people is interrupted by local magistrate, Roger Nowell. Is this a witches' Sabbat? Two notorious Lancashire witches are already in Lancaster Castle waiting trial. Why is the beautiful and wealthy Alice Nutter defending them?

  • These interlocking essays uncover art as an active force in the world - neither elitist or remote, present to those who want it, affecting even those who don't. Winterson's own passionate vision of art is presented here, provocatively and personally, in pieces on Modernism, autobiography, style, painting, the future of fiction, in two essays on Virginia Woolf, and more intimately in pieces where she describes her relationship to her work and the books that she loves.

  • The Stone Gods is one of Jeanette Winterson's most imaginative novels about love.

    On the airwaves, all the talk is of the new blue planet - pristine and habitable, like our own 65 million years ago, before we took it to the edge of destruction. And off the air, Billie and Spike are falling in love. What will happen when their story combines with the world's story, as they whirl towards Planet Blue, into the future? Will they - and we - ever find a safe landing place?

    Jeanette Winterson OBE, whose writing has won the Whitbread Award for Best First Novel, the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize and the E.M. Forster Award, is the author of some of the most purely imaginative and pleasurable novels of recent times, from Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit to her first book for children, Tanglewreck. She is also the author of the essays Art Objects. Visit her website at www.jeanettewinterson.com

  • The most beguilingly seductive novel to date from the author of The Passion and Sexing the Cherry. Winterson chronicles the consuming affair between the narrator, who is given neither name nor gender, and the beloved, a complex and confused married woman. "At once a love story and a philosophical meditation."--New York Times Book Review.

  • 'A shining delight of a novel'
    New York Times 'Clever and beautiful...it soars'
    Financial Times
    A baby girl is abandoned, banished from London to the storm-ravaged American city of New Bohemia. Her father has been driven mad by jealousy, her mother to exile by grief. Seventeen years later, Perdita doesn't know a lot about who she is or where she's come from - but she's about to find out. Jeanette Winterson's cover version of The Winter's Tale vibrates with echoes of Shakespeare's original and tells a story of hearts broken and hearts healed, a story of revenge and forgiveness, a story that shows that whatever is lost shall be found.'Emotionally wrought and profoundly intelligent... A supremely clever, compelling and emotionally affecting novel that deserves multiple readings to appreciate its many layers'
    Mail on Sunday 'There are passages here so concisely beautiful they give you goosebumps'
    Observer'Pulsates with such authenticity and imaginative generosity that I defy you not to engage with it'
    Independent

  • A Sunday Telegraph Book of the Year
    'Packed with charm and beautifully illustrated, it's a book that will solve your gift dilemmas and let you escape the less salubrious aspects of Christmas for a literary wonderland' StylistEverybody loves a Christmas story. The tradition of the Twelve Days of Christmas is a tradition of celebration, sharing and giving. And what better way to do that than with a story?Read these stories by the fire, in the snow, travelling home for the holidays. Give them to friends, wrap them up for someone you love, read them aloud, read them alone, read them together. Enjoy the season of peace and goodwill, mystery, and a little bit of magic.There are ghosts here and jovial spirits. Chances at love and tricks with time. There is frost and icicles, mistletoe and sledges. There's a cat and a dog and a solid silver frog. There's a Christmas cracker with a surprising gift inside. There's a haunted house and a SnowMama. There are Yuletides and holly wreaths. Three Kings. And a merry little Christmas time.And for the icing on the Christmas cake, there are twelve festive recipes from Yuletides past and present. Red cabbage, gravlax, turkey biryani, sherry trifle, Mrs Winterson's mince pies and more.

  • How do we love? With romance. With work. Through heartbreak. Throughout a lifetime. As a means, but not an end. Love in all its forms has been an abiding theme of Jeanette Winterson's writing. Here are selections from her books about that impossible, essential force, stories and truths that search for the mythical creature we call Love.Selected from the books of Jeanette Winterson VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS.A series of short books by the world's greatest writers on the experiences that make us human Also in the Vintage Minis series:
    Eating by Nigella Lawson
    Jealousy by Marcel Proust
    Babies by Anne Enright
    Desire by Haruki Murakami

  • Tells the story of a life's work to find happiness. This book includes stories: about a girl locked out of her home, sitting on the doorstep all night; about a tyrant in place of a mother, who has two sets of false teeth and a revolver in the duster drawer, waiting for Armageddon; and, about the Universe as a Cosmic Dustbin.

  • The most beguilingly seductive novel to date from the author of The Passion and Sexing the Cherry. Winterson chronicles the consuming affair between the narrator, who is given neither name nor gender, and the beloved, a complex and confused married woman. "At once a love story and a philosophical meditation."--New York Times Book Review.

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