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  • Published: 5 March 1999
  • ISBN: 9780099274537
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $26.99

The World and Other Places



An awesome panorama... compelling and wild... an original and thrilling writer' Independent

It's 1979 and in Birkenhead smack and Maggie Thatcher are still less of an issue than Lois jeans and Adidas Forest Hills training shoes. For Paul Carty, 19, and his mystical, Joy Division-loving mate Elvis, life revolves around The Pack, a mob of violent Tranmere Rovers supporters. Carty and Elvis travel the Northern wastelands, always by train, causing mayhem in the 'woollyback' strongholds of Halifax, Crewe and Chesterfield. For most of the mob, The Pack is their reason for living. But Elvis, who loves Ezra Pound, and Carty, still getting over the death of his mother, are starting to get bored of it all. The question is: will The Pack let them go? And can they get by without each other?

  • Published: 5 March 1999
  • ISBN: 9780099274537
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $26.99

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 World and Other Places

A greatly gifted and original writer...there is an exhilarating freshness and energy to this collection...She conveys her love for the natural world, her fascination with the legends of the past and her belief in the power of language and storytelling

Observer

An awesome panorama...compelling and wild... This is a collection that shows what an original and thrilling writer Winterston can be

Independent

This first book of short stories will delight her fans with their daring. Whether in a world where sleep is illegal or on an island of diamonds where the rich wear coal jewellery, Winterson is the mistress of the short story

Jessica de Rothschild, Tatler

The quality of her writing has remained constant: precise, fluent, perfectly judged. This collection is another refinement of that art, studded with metaphors and unexpected asides

Independent on Sunday

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