Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

  • by Jeanette Winterson
  • Narrated by Jeanette Winterson
  • 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Jeanette Winterson, author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, left home at 16 because she was in love with a woman, Mrs. Winterson asked her: "Why be happy when you could be normal?" This book is the story of a life's work to find happiness. It is the story of how the painful past returned to haunt Jeanette's later life, and send her on a journey into madness and out again, in search of her real mother. It is also a book about other people's stories, showing how fiction and poetry can form a string of guiding lights, a life raft which supports us when we are sinking.

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Sharing her story

Would you consider the audio edition of Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? to be better than the print version?

the audio version is better for me as I am dyslexic and having an audio version brings books to me I would otherwise find difficult to read


What did you like best about this story?

that she was sharing her story


Have you listened to any of Jeanette Winterson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no - I would love to hear oranges but you do not have it available


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

laugh and cry - made me appreaciate my family


Any additional comments?

would love to listen to the book she refered to Oranges are not the only fruit

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- cath

Lucky and loved at the end!

Great to read and at the same time listening to the voice of Jeanette. Always nice if writers tell the story themselves.
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- Elly

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-12-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios