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The Gap of Time: The Winter's Tale Retold - Jeanette Winterson

The Gap of Time: The Winter's Tale Retold - Jeanette Winterson

Title: The Gap of Time: The Winter's Tale Retold

Author:  Jeanette Winterson

ISBN:  9781781090442

Weight:  665g

Signed first edition, first printing



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Our price:  £16.99

The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson

I saw the strangest sight tonight.’

New Bohemia.  America.  A storm.  A black man finds a white baby abandoned in the night.  He gathers her up – light as a star – and decides to take her home.

London.  England.  After the financial crash.  Leo Kaiser knows how to make money but he doesn’t know how to manage the jealousy he feels towards his best friend and his wife.  Is the newborn baby even his?

New Bohemia.  17 years later.  A boy and a girl are falling in love but there’s a lot they don’t know about who they are and where they come from.

Jeanette Winterson’s cover version of The Winter’s Tale vibrates with echoes of the original but tells a contemporary story where Time itself is a player in a game of high stakes that will either end in tragedy or forgiveness.  It shows us that however far we have been separated, whatever is lost shall be found.

Peer & Press Reviews

The book is the first of a major new series, in which well-known novelists give Shakespeare a modern twist, and Winterson rises to the challenge with some ingenious touches.

Stephanie Merritt, The Observer

The intricacy with which Winterson has plotted her novel against each Shakespearean detail will delight readers familiar with the original… it’s part of a vision of a world in which past, present, and future are lived simultaneously, original and adaptation existing in the same moment.

The Times

Emotionally wrought and profoundly intelligent it will pull you into its troubled, wise world of jealousy, paranoia, grief, revenge and forgiveness in some of the most stunning prose you’ll read this year…  Winterson masterfully interweaves layers of narrative and themes so that reading the novel is like listening to a Bach prelude and fugue…  A supremely clever, compelling and emotionally affecting novel that deserves multiple readings to appreciate its many layers.

Hannah Beckerman, Mail on Sunday

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: The Gap of Time
Sub title: The Winter’s Tale Retold
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Series: Hogarth Shakespeare – book 1
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This title is part of the The Hogarth Shakespeare series, a major international project that will see the Bard’s plays reimagined by some of today’s bestselling and most celebrated writers.  The books will be true to the spirit of the original plays, while giving authors an exciting opportunity to do something new.

Launching the series is The Gap of Time, Jeanette Winterson’s retelling of The Winter’s Tale.

The next three books are due for publication in 2016, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death: Shylock is My Name (The Merchant of Venice) by Howard Jacobson, Vinegar Girl (The Taming of the Shrew) by Anne Tyler and Hag-Seed (The Tempest) by Margaret Atwood.

Tracy Chevalier’s New Boy (Othello) and Edward St Aubyn’s Dunbar (King Lear) will follow in 2017.  Jo Nesbo’s eponymous Macbeth is due out in 2018.

The eighth and final book in the series is Gillian Flynn’s take on Hamlet, which isn’t due for publication until 2021!

Overall condition: Fine / Fine (for more info, see our article on condition grades)
Signed: On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Imprint: Hogarth
Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9781781090442
ISBN 10: 1781090440
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 289
Size (h x w x d): 223 x 144 x 30mm
Design Credits
Author photograph: Sam Churchill
Jacket photograph: Getty Images
Endpaper illustrations: Clare Curtis

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