• La vie mode d'emploi
    " J'ai lutté à mains nues quasiment toute ma vie. [...] Je suis un écrivain ambitieux. J'ai essayé d'échapper à l'idée selon laquelle les femmes écrivent toujours sur "l'expérience" – dans les limites de ce qu'elles savent – contrairement aux hommes qui écrivent sur ce qui est grand et audacieux. Pourquoi une femme devrait-elle être cantonnée à quoi que ce soit par qui que ce soit ? "
    Dans Pourquoi être heureux quand on peut être normal ?, sorti en Angleterre il y a quelques mois, le personnage n'en est plus un. Il s'agit de l'auteur, Jeanette Winterson. Elle écrit sans fard le " roman vrai " d'une vie : la rigueur mystique d'une mère adoptive à l'esprit étroit, l'Angleterre des années 60, les démons de la dépression. Comment devient-on écrivain alors qu'on se destinait à entrer dans les ordres ? Winterson nous raconte sa trajectoire hors du commun. Dans une maison interdite aux livres, elle a su malgré tout nourrir et préserver la toute-puissance de l'imaginaire.
    Ce texte exceptionnel est surtout le récit d'une quête d'identité, celle de Jeanette et, à travers elle, de toutes les femmes engagées dans la bataille pour leur liberté. Mères, amantes, amies, écrivains, modèles, adorées ou honnies, Winterson leur rend hommage dans ces mémoires d'une jeune fille issue du prolétariat de Manchester.

  • " Ma mère n'avait pas d'opinions nuancées. Il 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. À 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.
    Née en Angleterre en 1959, Jeanette Winterson est romancière et essayiste. Elle a publié notamment Écrit sur le corps, Le Sexe des cerises (Plon, 1993 et 1995) et Pourquoi être heureux quand on peut être normal ? (Éditions de l'Olivier, 2012).
    " Les livres de Jeanette Winterson, apatrides et sans visage, brillent des multiples reflets de la grande Albion : la majesté de Shakespeare, l'absolutisme de Lawrence, le calme de Woolf ou la farce de Chaucer. C'est une magicienne. "
    Ali Smith, The Scotsman

  • 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 cœur – 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 cœur 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.

  • Jack is the chosen one, the Radiant Boy the Magus needs in order to perfect the alchemy that will transform London of the 1600s into a golden city.
    But Jack isn't the kind of boy who will do what he is told by an evil genius, and he is soon involved in an epic and nail-biting adventure, featuring dragons, knights and Queen Elizabeth I, as he battles to save London.
    Jeanette Winterson's first novel for children, Tanglewreck, was widely admired. Here in her second, readers will once more relish her free-spirited literary inventiveness and style.

  • 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.

  • 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.'It's a fantasy, a vivid dream... inventive and brilliant' Guardian'As moving and funny as it is skilful, and reflects the author's formidable appetite for life' Sunday Times'A book of great imaginative audacity and assurance...brilliantly physical (and funny) detail" Times Literary Supplement'Its concentrated, beautifully detailed prose recalls the diction of fairy tales; its plot incorporates their magic, their shrewd wit and brutality...a deeply imagined and beautiful book, often arrestingly so' New York Times

  • Good Friday 1612. Pendle Hill. A mysterious gathering of thirteen people is interrupted by a local magistrate. Is it a witches' Sabbat?In Lancaster Castle two notorious witches await trial and certain death, while the beautiful and wealthy Alice Nutter rides to their defence.Elsewhere a starved child lurks. And a Jesuit priest and former Gunpowder plotter makes his way from France to a place he believes will offer him sanctuary.But will it? And how safe can anyone be in Witch Country?

  • 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.With a new introduction by the author'Witty, bizarre, extraordinary and exhilarating'
    The Times'She is a master of her material, a writer in whom great talent abides'
    Vanity Fair'Many consider her to be the best living writer in this language... In her hands, words are fluid, radiant, humming'
    Evening Standard'A novel that deserves revisiting' Observer'A wonderful rites-of-passage novel'
    Mariella Frostrup

  • 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'A book of innocence and bawdiness, fury and joy...needs to be read and re-read'
    The Times'Read it and marvel. Jeanette Winterson's voice is startlingly original, and her imaginative feats are utterly dazzling'
    Cosmopolitan'Her stories and characters levitate off the page into dancing life... A bold, bizarre and timely book'
    Independent'Simple prose shows the subtlest of minds behind it, swift, confident and dazzling'
    Financial Times

  • In this, her first collection of short stories, Winterson reveals all the facets of her extraordinary imagination. In prose that is full of imagery and word-play, she creates physical and psychological worlds that are at once familiar and yet shockingly strange.

  • 'There is no such thing as autobiography, there is only art and lies'. Set in a London of the near future, its three principal characters, Handel, Picasso and Sappho, separately flee the city and find themselves on the same train, drawn to one another through the curious agency of a book. Stories within stories take us through the unlikely love-affairs of one Doll Sneerpiece, an 18th century bawd, and into the world of painful beauty where language has the power to heal. Art & Lies is a question and a quest: How shall I live?

  • 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 PowerBook is twenty-first century fiction that uses past, present and future as shifting dimensions of a multiple reality. The story is simple. An e-writer called Ali or Alix will write to order anything you like, provided that you are prepared to enter the story as yourself and take the risk of leaving it as someone else. You can be the hero of your own life. You can have freedom just for one night. But there is a price to pay.

  • 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

  • Written on the body is a secret code only visible in certain lights: the accumulation of a lifetime gather there. In places the palimpsest is so heavily worked that the letters feel like braille. I like to keep my body rolled away from prying eyes, never unfold too much, tell the whole story. I didn't know that Louise would have reading hands. She has translated me into her own book.

  • '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

  • 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.

  • 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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