Sexing the Cherry

Sexing the Cherry

By (author) Jeanette Winterson

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Set in the 17th century, 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.

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  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 124 x 192 x 12mm | 58.97g
  • 01 Oct 2009
  • London
  • English
  • New edition.
  • 0099747200
  • 9780099747208
  • 40,117

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Jeanette Winterson OBE is the author of ten novels, including The Passion, Sexing the Cherry and Written on the Body, a book of short stories, The World and Other Places, a collection of essays, Art Objects as well as many other works, including children's books, screenplays and journalism. Her writing has won the Whitbread Award for Best First Novel, the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize, the E. M. Forster Award and the Prix d'argent at Cannes Film Festival. Visit her website at

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"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 "Simple prose shows the subtlest of minds behind it, swift, confident and dazzling" Financial Times "Winterson juggles past and present, fantasy and reality, to produce an original and entertaining novel which invites us to re-examine our own perceptions of time" Sunday Times "Her stories and characters levitate off the page into dancing life... A bold, bizarre and timely book" Independent

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Without labouring the magic realism, Winterson creates the most compelling of stories. It is a fairy tale with rough, raw and often funny detail, the tale of the Dog Woman and the boy she finds as a baby in the River Thames. This discovery gives her the only opportunity she ever has to grow to love someone - and for him to love her back - regardless of her physical imperfections. And the boy, Jordan, goes on to achieve what she could never do - find social favour, even bringing the first pineapple into England to the court of Charles II. (Kirkus UK)

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