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The Cells, Tissues, Systems and Cavities of the Body

Jeanette Winterson

‘You were a coat of many colours wrestled into the dirt.’

Translated from the Klingon by Jamey Gambrell

In bereavement books they tell you to sleep with a pillow pulled down beside you. Not quite a Dutch wife, that is a bolster held between the legs in the tropics to soak up the sweat, not quite a Dutch wife. ‘The pillow will comfort you in the long unbroken hours. If you sleep you will unconsciousl…


Jeanette Winterson

Jeanette Winterson was born in 1959. Her first book, Oranges are Not the Only Fruit, won a Whitbread Award in 1985. Her adaptation of the novel for television won a BAFTA in 1990. Her other books include The Passion (which received the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize), Sexing the Cherry, Written on the Body, Gut Symmetries, The Powerbook and Lighthousekeeping. The Stone Gods is currently at work on a film about Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Tolkas.

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Translated by Jamey Gambrell

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