Imagine: Jeanette Winterson – My Monster and Me

imagineWinterson and Yentob toured the streets of her youth and she showed him how she used to curl up on the doorstep of her house on the many occasions Mrs Winterson threw her out for the night, and the kind of Mini she lived in when she was finally thrown out for good at 16 after Mrs Winterson’s attempts to exorcise Jeanette’s homosexuality had failed. Then they went on, as she did, to Oxford, with nothing to support her but the inwardly digested contents of Accrington public library and a passion for more freedom, more knowledge, more girlfriends, more everything – though her early training persisted among the dreaming spires and she still automatically hid her book under her pillow if anyone knocked at her study door.

I think that Jeanette is still not at peace with herself.

We have discussed her books here and here

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