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Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson

Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson


Written on the body is a secret code only visible in certain lights: the accumulation of a lifetime gather there. 

In places the palimpsest is so heavily worked that the letters feel like braille. 

I like to keep my body rolled away from prying eyes, never unfold too much, tell the whole story. 

I didn't know that Louise would have reading hands. She has translated me into her own book.




  • Part love story, part philosophical treatise, part anatomical guide, Written on the Body defies categorisation, dispensing with clichés and stereotypes to forge, from the raw physicality of the body itself, a new language for love.

    Jamei Qautro, Guardian

  • Winterson's novels are about exploding our complacent notions of the real, breaking down received ideas of gender, time and space... John Donne wrote, "Love...makes one little room, as everywhere." Winterson's novel arrives at a similar affirmation

    Time Out

  • An ambitious work, at once a love story and a philosophical meditation on the body...the result is a work that is consistently revelatory about the phenomenon of love

    New York Times Book Review

  • This book is a deep sensual plunge, a worship of the body, inside and out


  • Details

    Imprint: Vintage

    Publication Date: 4/9/2014

    ISBN: 9780099598275

    Pages: 192

    Type: Paperback

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