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Winterson wins indie booksellers prize

30 Oct 2012

Professor of Creative Writing Jeanette Winterson has won the Independent Booksellers’ Book Prize 2012 for her memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Jeanette Winterson

The news is announced following her sell out first public engagement at The University, which she discussed gender and the imagination with acclaimed American author A.M. Homes.

Winterson’s book was chosen by the public from a shortlist of 10 selected from titles put forward by publishers and a panel of judges.

Meryl Halls, head of membership services at the Booksellers Association, said: “We are delighted with the range and quality of titles entered for the 2012 prize.

“This year’s winners, having competed against fantastic books in their respective categories, are outstanding favourites in UK bookshops.”

Winterson, described winning the award as an “honour” and said she was "delighted" by the news.

She told the Bookseller: “This award is particularly important to me because independent bookshops are the life of the book business and those men and women who own and run them have read everything. They love books."

Originally from Manchester, Winterson is the also the author of the international bestseller Oranges are Not the Only Fruit.

She was made an OBE in the 2006 New Year Honours list. Her  latest novel is The Daylight Gate.

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The University of Manchester
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