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A radical love story for right now, from 'one of the most gifted writers working today' (New York Times)

From 'one of the most gifted writers working today' (New York Times) comes an audacious new novel about love and lust in life and the afterlife.

On the rain-swept shores of Lake Geneva in 1815, nineteen-year-old Mary Shelley writes a story about creating artificial human life that will resonate through the centuries. In post-Brexit Britain, a young transgender doctor called Ry is falling in love – against their better judgement – with Victor Stein, a celebrated professor leading the public debate around AI. Meanwhile, Ron Lord, a businessman on a mission to redistribute sex, is set to make his fortune launching a new generation of sex dolls produced for mass-market consumption. And across the Atlantic, in Phoenix, Arizona, a cryogenics facility houses dozens of bodies of men and women who are medically and legally dead, but waiting to come back to life.

Funny and furious, bold and clear-sighted, Frankissstein sees Jeanette Winterson take on identity, technology and sexuality to breathe new life into Mary Shelley’s classic horror story. Told in part through Shelley’s eyes as she dreams up her monstrous creation, Winterson launches us into a modern-day nightmare where consumerism and politics are set to bring humanity to breaking point. Spanning three centuries and multiple narratives, Frankissstein is at once a moving love story and a feminist rallying cry for our times.

Reviews

Winterson reboots Mary Shelley's Frankenstein for the 21st Century, launching us into a hold-on-to-your hat modern-day horror story about very modern-day neuroses and issues.

Rebecca Thomas, BBC News

Yes, the book we have all been waiting for. Yes, everything Winterson has always done so well. Yes, above and beyond anything that is yet to be written.

Daisy Johnson

Frankissstein shares with its source text an intricate narrative structure and a preoccupation with both the origins of life and the things that make life worth living. It is no pale imitation though. This is a riotous reimagining with an energy and passion all of its own that reanimates Frankenstein as a cautionary tale for a contemporary moment dominated by debates about Brexit, gender, artificial intelligence and medical experimentation… While the story has a gripping momentum of its own, it also fizzes with ideas.

Daisy Hay, Financial Times

Astonishing. Bold. Teeming with wit and intellectual prowess. Winterson is a literary giant. She remains one of my favourite writers.

Irenosen Okojie

Frankissstein shares with its source text an intricate narrative structure and a preoccupation with both the origins of life and the things that make life worth living. It is no pale imitation though. This is a riotous reimagining with an energy and passion all of its own that reanimates Frankenstein as a cautionary tale for a contemporary moment dominated by debates about Brexit, gender, artificial intelligence and medical experimentation… While the story has a gripping momentum of its own, it also fizzes with ideas.

Daisy Hay, Financial Times

Intelligent and inventive… Frankisstein is very funny. There has always been a fine line between horror and high camp, and this is a boundary that Winterson gleefully exploits.

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, The Times

Refreshingly, Jeanette Winterson’s Frankisstein…is a wildly inventive reimagining of one of science fiction’s most beloved stories… lyrical, gloriously raunchy, pulpy and absurd.

Helen Marshall, New Scientist

A surge of inventiveness… Frankissstein is a book that seeks to shift our perspective on humanity and the purpose of being human in the most darkly entertaining way… gloriously well observed.

Johanna Thomas-Corr, Observer, Book of the Day

Winterson writes in many forms then, but always with complete verve and disarming self-confidence… readers are in deft hands with Winterson. It helps that it’s a lighter read than you might expect: the schlocky history of Frankenstein and its many film spin-offs have given her permission to have some fun. And the sex robot business is truly hilarious.

AN Devers, Prospect

A clever comic romp that teases at the nature — and future — of life, death and what it is to be human, without ever being ponderous… [Frankissstein is] first-rate.

Daily Mail

Funny and philosophical… This is a love story about life itself from a gifted writer.

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9781787331419

    May 21, 2019

    Jonathan Cape

    352 pages

    RRP $35.00

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  • Hardback

    9781787331402

    May 21, 2019

    Jonathan Cape

    352 pages

    RRP $37.00

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  • EBook

    9781473563254

    May 23, 2019

    Vintage Digital

    352 pages

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Extract

Lake Geneva, 1816

Reality is water-soluble.

What we could see, the rocks, the shore, the trees, the boats on the lake, had lost their usual definition and blurred into the long grey of a week’s rain. Even the house, that we fancied was made of stone, wavered inside a heavy mist and through that mist, sometimes, a door or a window appeared like an image in a dream.

Every solid thing had dissolved into its watery equivalent.

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