Jeanette Winterson

Jeanette Winterson

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in Manchester, England, The United Kingdom
August 27, 1959



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Novelist Jeanette Winterson was born in Manchester, England in 1959. She was adopted and brought up in Accrington, Lancashire, in the north of England. Her strict Pentecostal Evangelist upbringing provides the background to her acclaimed first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, published in 1985. She graduated from St Catherine's College, Oxford, and moved to London where she worked as an assistant editor at Pandora Press.

One of the most original voices in British fiction to emerge during the 1980s, Jeanette Winterson was named as one of the 20 'Best of Young British Writers' in a promotion run jointly between the literary magazine Granta and the Book Marketing Council.

Her novels include Boating for Beginners (1985), published shortly

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I love Christmas. Here's a few bits from Why Be Happy that might explain why.
In Accrington there was always a huge tree outside the Market Hall, and the Salvation Army played carols there for most of December.
At Christmas time the bartering system was in full swing. We could offer Brussels Spouts on stalks from our allotment, apples wrapped in newspaper to make sauce, and best of all the once a... Read more of this blog post »
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Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 30,319 ratings — published 1985 — 49 editions
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Written on the Body
4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 16,096 ratings — published 1992 — 31 editions
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Why Be Happy When You Could...
3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 16,781 ratings — published 2011 — 42 editions
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The Passion
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Sexing the Cherry
3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 9,864 ratings — published 1989 — 36 editions
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 5,229 ratings — published 2004 — 38 editions
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Weight: The Myth of Atlas a...
3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 3,344 ratings — published 2005 — 49 editions
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Art and Lies
3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 3,088 ratings — published 1994 — 21 editions
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Gut Symmetries
3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 3,187 ratings — published 1997 — 19 editions
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The Powerbook
3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 3,207 ratings — published 2000 — 21 editions
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“You’ll get over it…” It’s the clichés that cause the trouble. To lose someone you love is to alter your life for ever. You don’t get over it because ‘it” is the person you loved. The pain stops, there are new people, but the gap never closes. How could it? The particularness of someone who mattered enough to grieve over is not made anodyne by death. This hole in my heart is in the shape of you and no-one else can fit it. Why would I want them to?”
Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body

“Book collecting is an obsession, an occupation, a disease, an addiction, a fascination, an absurdity, a fate. It is not a hobby. Those who do it must do it. Those who do not do it, think of it as a cousin of stamp collecting, a sister of the trophy cabinet, bastard of a sound bank account and a weak mind.”
Jeanette Winterson

“As your lover describes you, so you are.”
Jeanette Winterson, Sexing the Cherry


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