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  • Published: 31 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448113361
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 176

The Passion

The best of Jeanette Winterson's remarkable, radical and genre-expanding novels, reissued in a bold new look ahead of the publication of her new book, 12 BYTES

'A fantasy, a vivid dream...inventive and brilliant' Guardian
Henri has a passion for Napoleon - but Napoleon has a passion for chicken. As soldier and emperor butcher their way across Europe, glory falls to ruin and love turns to hate.

But, when Henri encounters the red-haired, web-footed Villanelle, he discovers in her an equal. Together they abandon their pasts, and flee to the Venetian canals to meet their singular destiny in the city of chance and disguises.

'A deeply imagined and beautiful book, often arrestingly so.' New York Times

  • Published: 31 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448113361
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 176

About the author

Jeanette Winterson

Jeanette Winterson CBE was born in Manchester. Adopted by Pentecostal parents she was raised to be a missionary. This did and didn’t work out.

Discovering early the power of books she left home at 16 to live in a Mini and get on with her education. After graduating from Oxford University she worked for a while in the theatre and published her first novel at 25. Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit is based on her own upbringing but using herself as a fictional character. She scripted the novel into a BAFTA-winning BBC drama. 27 years later she re-visited that material in the bestselling memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? She has written 10 novels for adults, as well as children’s books, non-fiction and screenplays. She is Professor of New Writing at the University of Manchester. She lives in the Cotswolds in a wood and in Spitalfields, London.

She believes that art is for everyone and it is her mission to prove it.

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Praise for The Passion

It's a fantasy, a vivid dream... inventive and brilliant


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

Lyrical prose penetrates to the heart of things... She knows how to speak plain truth and at the same time satisfy our longing for the fabulous. She's telling you stories. Trust her

Washington Post

An explosively imaginative writer

London Free Press

A historical novel quite different from any other...written with a living passion, an eyewitness immediacy... Winterson is a master of her material, a writer in whom great talent deeply abides

Vanity Fair

Recalls Garcia Marquez... Magical touches dance like highlights over the brilliance of this fairy tale about passion, gambling, madness, and androgynous ecstasy

Edmund White

The overwhelming impression of her work is one of remarkable self-confidence, and she evidently thrives on risk... As good as Poe: it dares you to laugh and stares you down

New York Review of Books

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