Dreaming of Venice

The Passion (Vintage Blue) - Jeanette Winterson

I was lucky enough to see Jeanette Winterson at the Sydney Opera House in 2014 - her talk was brilliant and inspiring, she is surely one of the greatest minds of our era. After the talk I bought a stack of her books and queued up to get them signed - the people waiting behind me actually sighed with exasperation when I put my stack on the table! 


Up until this point I'd only read her memoir 'Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal' which was fantastic, so I was keen to read her other works which I hoped would be equally as honest, cutting edge and a little twisted... I was not disappointed by 'The Passion'. It's a short and relatively easy read, although you know you're reading 'a classic' from the first line - it stretches your mind and your imagination, combines historical fact with dreamy fantasy, and is a beautiful book put together by one of the world's greatest wordsmiths. 


'The Passion' takes you on an adventure through freezing war torn Europe, following the exploits of Henri as he takes on the job of 'neck wringer' for Napoleon Bonaparte, to Venice where he meets the beautiful Villanelle, the daughter of a boatsman born with webbed feet...


You'll be thinking about it for days afterwards.