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Jeanette Winterson: ‘I couldn t finish Fifty Shades. Are straight women really having such terrible sex?

The novelist on Mary Portas’s call to arms, Tove Jansson’s Moomin wisdom, and not reading Thomas PynchonThe book I am currently reading
Sincerity by Carol Ann Duffy. I have this by my bed and read a poem every morning before I get up. Paired with a pot of coffee it is the perfect start to the day – mental energy. I’m also reading Eve Was Shamed by Helena Kennedy – how the British justice system continues to fail women. Stimulating and scary. I’ve just finished Now You’re Talking by Trevor Cox – the story of human conversation from Neanderthals to AI. I’m about to start Work Like a Woman – the fab Mary Portas calls us to arms.The book that changed my life
The Bible. I was brought up hearing it read aloud twice a day, and learning to read from the book of Deuteronomy – because it is full of animals (mostly unclean). The King James cadences formed my relationship with language. Bible stories framed my world. My secular life is the next layer up, not the deepest layer, and it is better to know that and work with it, not deny it. Continue reading...

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