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Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson
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Apr 16, 2012

it was amazing
Read in April, 2012

This is the true story of Jeanette Winterson's childhood in working class Accrington as the adopted daughter of Mr and Mrs Winterson. The author's early life at home holds few happy memories; money was scarce and far too often, Jeanette was either deliberately locked out of the house all night or was locked in the coal shed by her dysfunctional mother for minor misdemeanours while her father stood by and did nothing to help. On one occasion, Mrs Winterson burned her daughter's treasured collection of books bought with the earnings from her job and carefully hidden under the mattress. Jeanette left home as soon as she could and made her way to Oxford University through determination and hard work, later going in search of her birth mother and, despite the unhappy times, regretting the loss of the old Accrington with its lively markets

This evocative and hones memoir makes compelling reading. I read if in two sittings and recommend it for fans or non-fans of Jeanette Winterson's novels.

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