Gut Symmetries

Jeanette Winterson

Published: 4 April 2013
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 240 pages
ISBN: 9781847087317


Travelling across the Atlantic on board the QE2, Alice - a bright, young physicist - meets Jove, short for Giovanni, one of the world's most respected experts on time travel and a confirmed lothario. By the time the pair land in New York, Alice has become Jove's mistress, an affair of the heart which is only complicated further when Alice meets Jove's, wife, Stella; a tempestuous beauty born with a diamond at the base of her spine. As this love triangle turns into a menage-a-trois, Alice, Stella and Jove struggle against the currents immersing them, while their romance pulls into its wake the stories of other generations, philosophies, quantum physics and time travel.

A celebration of the human heart in all its frailty, confusion and excess, Gut Symmetries is a lyrical evocation of parallel lives, loves and universes, from one of Britain's best loved authors.

About the author

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Jeanette Winterson OBE is the author of ten novels, including Oranges are not the Only Fruit, The Passion and Sexing the Cherry; a book of short stories, The World and Other Places; a collection of essays, Art Objects as well as many other works, including children's books, screenplays and journalism. Her writing has won the Whitbread Award for Best First Novel, the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize, the E. M. Forster Award and the Prix d'argent at Cannes Film Festival. She lives in London and Gloucestershire. More about the author


‘A fascinating, shimmering fiction that provokes us into contemplating the nature of life - right down to its material composition - while at the same time feeding us with a portrait of love and tenderness that, for its unexpectedness, is doubly affecting’



‘A gaudy, gorgeous celebration of the ever-connecting energies that run between the soul and the material, the self and the universe ... the spirit of it is irresistible. It is Winterson's most vital work for years’ Ali Smith

‘A writer who is not only deeply in love with the English language but well capable of making it do just what she wants’ Robert McCrum

‘At every turn, her fresh, vivid way of putting things stops one dead in admiration ... In Gut Symmetries Winterson has struck gold’

‘How beautiful. Writing of that calibre is almost four dimensional’

‘Jeanette Winterson is a writer of extraordinary gifts ... she writes beautifully, truly and magically’

‘Nothing is quite what it seems in this fizzy, heady brew. Alchemy, tarot cards and cabbalistic theology mix with coincidence and quantum physics to create a world of virtual reality ... sharply, blackly funny.’

‘Phrase after phrase of perfect, thought-provoking poetry that plumbs the depths of truth and human frailty’

‘Restlessly - often brilliantly - her taut, slender works meditate on time and matter, life and death, and the ways in which faith, art and love join modern science in pointing toward truth... her fresh, vivid way of putting things stops one dead in admiration’

‘Winterson is a real writer and doesn't give a toss what you or I or anyone else thinks of her. Nor should she.’ Joan Bakewell

‘Winterson is unmatched among contemporary writers in her ability to conjure up new-world wonder ... A beautiful, stirring and brilliant story’

‘Winterson's sense of place and power of description have never been better- it is as though her previous works of fiction have been exercises working up to this achievement. One senses her mastery on each page’

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