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.

Poet and Novelist Denis Johnson Dies

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Acclaimed author and poet, Denis Johnson has died aged 67. The author won the National Book Award in 2007 for his novel Tree of Smoke (USUK) and was twice shortlisted for the Pulitzer prize for fiction too. His best known work is the classic short-story collection, Jesus’ Son. Read More

Honouring Douglas Adams with Towel Day on the 25th of May!

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Happy Towel Day, Reading Addicts!

In case you didn’t know, Towel Day is a celebration that happens every year on the 25th of May, as a tribute to the late author Douglas Adams who died in May, 2001.

On this day, fans around the universe honour him by carrying a towel, reading his novels, and generally spreading the word about the great man.

Fans of Adams’ work, and in particular The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, started this celebration 2 weeks after Douglas died in 2001, and since then many of us have been honouring him in our own ways…

An Italian Orchestra- the Magister Espresso Orchestra– produced this beautiful video as a tribute to Adams, for Towel Day.

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7 Scandalous Sayings from Dame Barbara Cartland

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The English romance novelist, Dame Barbara Cartland, was born on the 9th of July in 1901 and died on the 21st of May 2000.

She was a prolific best-selling author and one of the most successful of the 20th century. She wrote 723 novels all of which were translated into around 38 languages, and in 1976 was entered in the Guinness World Records for the most novels published in that single year.

Cartland was a self-professed “expert on romance”, however as she became more conservative in her later years this became a focus for ridicule. Barbara’s first novels were considered shocking and risqué however her later books were relatively tame, often involving virginal heroines and were lacking in saucy situations.

Her popularity never wained, though, and she will always be known as the Dame of romantic fiction.

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Ruskin Bond the Hip Hop Nature Boy

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Ruskin Bond was born on the 19th of May 1934 in Kasauli, and over the years lived in both the UK and all over India. His works have been influenced by his early life living at the foothills of the Himalayas.

His first novel, The Room On the Roof, was written when he was 17 and was partly based on his experiences at Dehradun, in a small rented room on a roof.

His first children’s book was The Angry River, published in 1972. On writing for children, Ruskin said, “I had a pretty lonely childhood and it helps me to understand a child better.”

Ruskin has written a series of autobiographical work: Rain in the Mountains, about his years spent in Mussoorie; Scenes from a Writer’s Life based on his life up until he was 21, and Scenes from a Writer’s Life focuses on his English adventures.

“It also tells a lot about my parents”, he says, “The book ends with the publication of my first novel and my decision to make writing my livelihood…Basically, it describes how I became a writer”.

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Visually Impaired Teenager Publishes First Book

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12 year old Julia Fleming, from Arab in Alabama, USA, is an award-winning, intelligent, young woman with a bright future in writing.

Earlier this year Julia won a State Literature title for students in grades 4-6. She surprised her teachers, parents, and friends by entering but not telling a soul when she did! The competition entailed taking a book they’d read and writing a letter to the author of the novel to explain how it impacted their lives. Julia did this without letting on that she is, in fact, legally blind.

Julia explained to WAFF News: “I’m legally blind, which means that I’m not totally blind, but that I was born totally blind,” She told of how she has had artificial cornea transplants to gain her some limited vision.

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