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  • Published: 21 January 2020
  • ISBN: 9781784709952
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $19.99

Frankissstein

A Love Story




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

***LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019***
From 'one of the most gifted writers working today' (New York Times) comes an audacious new novel about the bodies we live in and the bodies we desire

In 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, just divorced and living with Mum again, is set to make his fortune launching a new generation of sex dolls for lonely men everywhere.

Across the Atlantic, in Phoenix, Arizona, a cryonics facility houses dozens of bodies of men and women who are medically and legally dead … but waiting to return to life.

But the scene is set in 1816, when nineteen-year-old Mary Shelley writes a story about creating a non-biological life-form. ‘Beware, for I am fearless and therefore powerful.'

What will happen when Homo sapiens is no longer the smartest being on the planet? Jeanette Winterson shows us how much closer we are to that future than we realise. Funny and furious, bold and clear-sighted, Frankissstein is a love story about life itself.

  • Pub date: 21 January 2020
  • ISBN: 9781784709952
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Jeanette Winterson

Jeanette Winterson OBE 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 writes regularly for the Guardian. 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 Frankissstein

“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

“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

“Here, hard science and dreamy Romanticism exist in both tension and harmony… Frankissstein abounds with invention… this is a work of both pleasure and profundity, robustly and skilfully structured, and suffused with all Winterson’s usual preoccupations – gender, language, sexuality, the limits of individual liberty and the life of ideas.”

Sam Byers, Guardian, *Book of the Week*

“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

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

Irenosen Okojie

“Winterson has had a surge of inventiveness… Frankissstein gamely links arms with the zeitgeist. {it} 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 .. I found myself vibrating with laughter.”

Johanna Thomas-Corr, Observer, Book of the Day

“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

“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 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

“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

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

Psychologies

“A surprisingly funny novel… [and] characters…[are] well-rounded, with unexpected layers.”

Rhian Drinkwater, SFX

“Highly satisfying.”

Claire Allfree, Daily Telegraph

“Winterson’s witty and imaginatively plotted novel is a dizzying tour of future possibilities… Timely and thought-provoking, Frankisstein raises questions about the role of out bodies, the future of relationships, and, ultimately what it means to be human.”

Anna Matthews, Diva

“Shot through with references from Emily Dickinson, Shakespeare and TS Eliot, Winterson’s latest offering has a flavour of classical legend. She makes the world afresh, whole emphasising the human need for super-human figure and god-like intelligence is eternal.”

Daily Express

“An essential read for now.”

Marta Bausells, ELLE

“Winterson always pushes boundaries with her writing and this novel is no different.”

Joanne Finney, Good Housekeeping

“Winterson’s bold novel asks old questions about the body’s possibilities in a provocative new way.”

Sharmaine Lovegrove, Sunday Times

“Playfully allusive and relentlessly readable, it’s a book so wild and fizzing with ideas you feel it might actually pop.”

Anthony Cummins, Metro

“Playful and inventive… There is a merged ocean of thought with [Frankisstein]; ideas slip between characters and time frames. Frankisstein reincarnates as it evolves, each part deepening the part before it.”

Rozalind Dineen, Times Literary Supplement

“A weird and engaging and extremely funny take on Shelley’s classic… The book seeks to shift our perspective on humanity, I think, and the purpose of being… Technology today is allowing us to shape our notions of sex and gender; tomorrow, it will shape our end.”

Judie Bindel, UnHerd

“I'm awestruck, as always, by Jeanette Winterson…. Frankissstein…is a dazzlingly bonkers reworking of Mary Shelley's classic Frankenstein, featuring artificial intelligence, sex robots and sci-fi experiments.”

Laura Bailey, Vogue

“Frankisstein leaps from the Peterloo Massacre to contemporary bioethical speculation to nineteenth-century Bedlam to early computers, its eager, passionately clever narrator always plunging enthusiastically ahead, like the mysterious giant figure Mary Shelley glimpsed racing across that icy glacier.”

Michèle Roberts, Tablet, *Book of the Week*

“An oft-moving, oft-hilarious retelling of Shelley’s much-retold classic.”

Maria Crawford, Financial Times, *Summer Reads of 2019*

“Winterson teases away at…boundaries – between genders, life and death, fact and fiction, human and machine – to great, and hugely entertaining effect.”

Daily Mail, *Summer reads of 2019*

“Jeanette Winterson’s latest book is a shape-shifting, time-hopping gem of a novel… Reading one of Winterson’s books is like going on a magic carpet ride through her subconscious… her stories are creative, overflowing with ideas, and shot through with her wicked sense of humour.”

James Lloyd, Science Focus

“Rich, thoughtful, and entertaining… [a] heady combination of literary history, futurology, and romance.”

Dougal Jeffries, BJGP


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