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

In this, her first collection of short stories, Winterson reveals all the facets of her extraordinary imagination. In prose that is full of imagery and word-play, she creates physical and psychological worlds that are at once familiar and yet shockingly strange.

Reviews

A greatly gifted and original writer...there is an exhilarating freshness and energy to this collection

Observer

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

The short story form was made for Jeanette Winterson...mesmerising prose poems

The Times

Her stories transport us into the dizzyingly fertile mind of one of Britain's most prodigiously gifted authors...breathtaking

Scotland on Sunday

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  • Paperback

    9780099274537

    March 5, 1999

    Vintage

    240 pages

    RRP $19.99

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