Handel, Picasso and Sappho separately flee a London of the near future and find themselves on the same train, drawn to one another through the curious agency of a book. Stories within stories take the reader through the love affairs of an 18th-century bawd and into a world of painful beauty.
Jeanette Winterson (born 1959) is a British novelist. She was made an officer of Order of the British Empire (OBE) at the 2006 New Year Honours.
Photo: Jeanette Winterson, Warsaw, Poland, 16 February 2005. Photo author: Mariusz Kubik. Photo source: Wikimedia Commons.