The Stone Gods

Jeanette Winterson

The Stone Gods
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The Stone Gods

Jeanette Winterson

The Stone Gods is one of Jeanette Winterson’s most imaginative novels – an interplanetary love story; a traveller’s tale; a hymn to the beauty of the world On the airwaves, all the talk is of the new blue planet - pristine and habitable, like our own 65 million years ago, before we took it to the edge of destruction. And off the air, Billie and Spike are falling in love. What will happen when their story combines with the world’s story, as they whirl towards Planet Blue, into the future? Will they - and we - ever find a safe landing place? %%%The Stone Gods is one of Jeanette Winterson’s most imaginative novels – an interplanetary love story; a traveller’s tale; a hymn to the beauty of the world On the airwaves, all the talk is of the new blue planet - pristine and habitable, like our own 65 million years ago, before we took it to the edge of destruction. And off the air, Billie and Spike are falling in love. What will happen when their story combines with the world’s story, as they whirl towards Planet Blue, into the future? Will they - and we - ever find a safe landing place? Jeanette Winterson OBE, whose writing has won the Whitbread Award for Best First Novel, the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize and the E.M. Forster Award, is the author of some of the most purely imaginative and pleasurable novels of recent times, from Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit to her first book for children, Tanglewreck. She is also the author of the essays Art Objects. Visit her website at www.jeanettewinterson.com

Review

The Stone Gods is set in an apocalyptic near-future that is a direct result of the forces of desolation. On one level it is a philosophical piece of science fiction based on a love story between Billie and Spike; a woman and a female robot. But once you look deeper, The Stone Gods becomes almost autobiographical as Jeanette’s authentic voice shines through. Her alter-ego appears in the novel in the form of Billie Crusoe, a lone voice of humanity on a desolate planet. Billie Crusoe’s lost mother becomes a metaphor for humanity’s destruction of the planet and loss of its home.

Apparently Jeanette Winterson mentioned in a recent interview that she discovered her adoption papers for the first time while writing The Stone Gods. This has obviously had an enormous impact on her storytelling, where the only hope is love, as the unlikely couple set off to discover a new home on a distant planet.

Emily Harms is Marketing Manager at Readings.

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