Jeanette Winterson’s Stunning Writer’s Retreat For Sale

By March 20, 2017Authors, News

If you’re looking for the perfect writer’s retreat, we may have found it, although it will set you back a whopping £1.6 million! The Modern House is currently featuring the sale of ‘The Gasworks”, originally renovated by Oranges are not the Only Fruit author Jeanette Winterson.

The Cotswolds house in the quintessentially English village of Upper Slaughter has an interesting story dating back to the 19th century. As the name suggests there was originally a gasworks on the property and the cottage was known as gasworks cottage. Once its job of providing carbide has to light the nearby Brassey Estate was over, it fell into seriously disrepair.

Fast forward a long time to the early 1990s and all that is left are a few walls and some foundations. It was then that the cottage and land was purchased by Jeanette Winterson, author of Oranges are not the Only Fruit (USUK), with the intention of renovating the house and turning it into a writer’s retreat.

In 2009 the author wrote ‘The Joy of Wrecks” laying out her plans for the house after paying £450,000 for the dilapidated cottages, and her intentions for turning it into a writer’s retreat. In 2010 it was announced that Chris Dyson architects would be taking on the project, turning it into a stunning home.

However, not long after this, Winterson decided not to continue with the project for reasons unknown. The author sold the house, plus the contract with the architect and the plans to a friend, who finally saw the project through to completion, and now it’s up for sale again.

It’s a stunning home as the pictures show, and will make a fantastic home for someone. Winterson was correct on the writer’s retreat feel because this stunning and unique property set in the beautiful Cotswolds is truly beautiful, and we wouldn’t be at all surprised to see a new author, or creative owner soon.

10 Inspiring Quotes From Robert M. Pirsig

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Robert Maynard Pirsig was an American novelist and philosopher, most famous for his book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values.  He was born on the 6th of September, 1928 and, after a period of failing health, died April 24th 2017. Robert was survived by his wife Wendy, and 2 of his children Theodore and Nell.

Robert’s life was far from simple, or easy, and this is reflected in his wise and intelligent musings within his work. It is difficult to condense such a fine body of work into a small blog but we hope we have done some justice to the great writer by choosing our favourite 10 quotes from Zen

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The Blank Page

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It’s a lovely evening. The sun is about to set. There is a beautiful breeze flowing. You have a cup of your favourite coffee beside you. Your laptop is in your hand (or a pen if you prefer). You are all set to let your creativity flow. You touch your pen to paper and…..

Stare at it! For a long time… Read More

A Brief Look at Muriel Spark

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Dame Muriel Spark (nee Camberg) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1918 to parents Bernard and Sarah Camberg. She was educated in an all-girls school then went on to ‘study commercial correspondence and précis writing’ at Heriot-Watt College; her education took her into teaching English for a short while, and secretarial work.

During WWII Muriel worked as a propagandist for the Political Intelligence Department for the British Foreign Office, but once the war was over she concentrated on her writing, in particular poetry and literary criticism.

Muriel considered her joining the Roman Catholic Church to be important in her development as a novelist as it apparently gave her an insight into the meaning of human existence. Her first novel was published in 1957, named The Comforters, and centred on a young woman who discovers she is a character in a novel (I have yet to read it but it sounds fascinating!).

Her most popular novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie was published in 1961, which was adapted for stage and film in the 1960s, and for television in the 70s.

Muriel passed away on April 13th 2006, survived by her estranged son.

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8 Brilliant Witticisms from Samuel Beckett

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Samuel Beckett (13 April, 1906 – 22nd December, 1989) was an Irish author, novelist, playwright, and poet. Beckett lived in Paris for much of his life and was bi-lingual, writing in both English and French. He is considered to be one of the most influential authors of the 20th century.

Beckett’s work often looked at the bleaker aspects of human existence and his use of black comedy and gallows humour can be seen throughout his work. Considered to be one of the last modernist writers, Beckett was one of the key figures in the Theatre of the Absurd, a post WWII designation for plays of absurdist fiction written during the late 1950s. Read More

5 Social Media Stars Who Became Bestsellers

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Social media can be described as a platform on which people can come together to communicate, share ideas, entertain, and be entertained. Before the internet explosion of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram, it could be said that the telephone, radio, and television were our first forms of social media, however the internet has provided a far more interesting and varied platform on which to market ourselves.

Internet celebrities swiftly became a normal part of this cyber world; once only singers, actors, and other artists rose to the heady heights of stardom, but now it seems a reachable goal for many, many more people (and animals) than before. Even TIME Magazine is categorising this newer celebrity culture, with their own list of ‘Most Influential Internet Stars…’

This new type of celebrity has created a new genre of book, which is great news for us Reading Addicts! We can now enjoy the likes of Esther the Wonder Pig, or British YouTube stars Amazing Phil and Dan Is Not On Fire in book form.

Here are a few of the best social media stars’ books around today. Enjoy!

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Self Published Authors Encouraged to Submit for Young Writer Award

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Self published authors are often forgotten when it comes to literary awards, and that’s why The Sunday Times/Peters Fraser & Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award is reminding self publishers that the award is open to both self published authors, and traditionally published writers. Submissions are now open for the award and if you’re a self published author, it’s time to put your work in for consideration now. Read More



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