In 1985 Jeanette Winterson's first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, was published.
It was Jeanette's version of the story of a terraced house in Accrington, an adopted child, and the thwarted giantess Mrs Winterson.
It was a cover story, a painful past written over and repainted.
It was a story of survival. This book is that story's the silent twin. It is full of hurt and humour and a fierce love of life.
It is about the pursuit of happiness, about lessons in love, the search for a mother and a journey into madness and out again.
It is generous, honest and true.