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, 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.

She adapted Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit for BBC television in 1990 and al
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Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

3.74 avg rating — 50,227 ratings — published 1985 — 73 editions
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Why Be Happy When You Could...

3.97 avg rating — 26,588 ratings — published 2011 — 56 editions
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Written on the Body

4.07 avg rating — 22,645 ratings — published 1992 — 43 editions
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The Passion

4.11 avg rating — 17,401 ratings — published 1987 — 78 editions
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Sexing the Cherry

3.81 avg rating — 14,455 ratings — published 1989 — 43 editions
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Lighthousekeeping

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Weight: The Myth of Atlas a...

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The Gap of Time

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Gut Symmetries

3.80 avg rating — 4,220 ratings — published 1997 — 24 editions
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The Stone Gods

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Jeanette Winterson

“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

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