Jeanette Winterson

Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson was born in Manchester and raised in Lancashire, by adoptive parents. She was raised in the Elim Pentecostal Church and, intending to become a Pentecostal Christian Missionary she began evangelising and writing sermons at age six. By age 16 Winterson left home. She soon after read for a degree in English at St Catherine’s College, Oxford.

After moving to London, her first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, was published when she was 24 years old. It won the 1985 Whitbread Black for a First Novel, and was adapted  by Winterson in 1990, which in turn won the BAFTA Award for Best Drama. She won the 1987 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for The Passion.

Winterson’s subsequent novels explore the boundaries of physicality and the imagination, gender polarities, and sexual identities, and have won several literary awards. Her stage adaptation of The PowerBook in 2002 opened at the Royal National Theatre, London. She also bought a house in Spitalfields  east London, which she refurbished into a flat as a pied-a-terre and a ground-floor shop, Verde’s, to sell organic food.

Jeanette also writes for many prominent publications including the Guardian, Times, Daily Mail, Observer, New York Times, and Harpers Bazaar, and has featured on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.

Winterson was made an officer of Order of the British Empire (OBE) at the 2006 New Year Honours.

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And it’s publication day ! 12 essays about AI for readers who want the bigger picture . Art, religion, Philosophy, history, equality, sex , love, and plenty of bounce . Read it right the way through for a sense of where we are now or dip in and out as it interests you

I will be on Woman’s Hour this morning soon after 10am. Tune into BBCRadio 4 if you are free! Taking about AI. Sexbots included

At Glyndebourne opera last night. Saw Jacob Rees-Mogg&family. Having wrestled with ‘the man can have a night out ‘ I asked if he would consider championing truth in public life . He assured me that Govt takes truth very seriously & Boris utterances are well thought out . Ok...

Just read that the Met police has got round to sacking Wayne Couzens for murdering Sarah Everard. Their report says he ‘breached the standards of professional behaviour ‘. Is that what murdering a woman is classified as by the Met? Have they no sense of what they sound like ?

On train into london that calls at Wembley Stadium . Full of grown men in bed sheets heading for the Final. Rowdy, boozy, and weirdly bad tempered . No masks . Teaching their kids - who are all males in this carriage, how to do toxic masculinity. 3 women moving seats. So boring

My great gazebo from Life Under Canvas! I love it !

Really don’t know what to do now that Rishi Sunak admits he’s a Cody Rigsby Peloton fan! I do a Cody pop ride once a week but it won’t be the same. My top trainers are Christine d’Ercole, Jen Sherman, and Sam Yo. Peloton saved my sanity on my 2019 USA book tour and thru lockdown

Sunshine helping with the office work on a grey Saturday

Ok so after the fire let’s go back to animal pictures. Here is my new kitten Sunshine . She is Aries and ginger and has just beaten up the dog . She’s only been here one night ..

Re the Burning of the Books, I would just add that I have never burned anyone else’s books; not even awful ones sent in the post. And to those worried about my contribution to global warming , I have solar panels, air source heating, I live in a wood, and cycle to the Co-op!

Absolutely hated the cosy little domestic blurbs on my new covers. Turned me into wimmins fiction of the worst kind! Nothing playful or strange or the ahead of time stuff that’s in there. So I set them on fire

Another job lost to me in Paris today . That’s 27k in the last 15months due to COVID and Brexit. And when the European work is possible again it’s all going to need permits. But never mind, the U.K. is unshackled . Hooray

So now it is illegal for Brits to travel to France as Europe opens up to its members . Wasn’t Brexit about controlling our borders? In fact , the EU is controlling our borders . Another own goal for those trusty Brexit bunnies and their pet unicorns

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This is totally normal.

Episode is complete with the claim, “The real racists are Black Lives Matter.”

Breakfast for the pheasants at 0730 in my garden . What a beautiful day

Reading the Cash for Curtains fiasco curtesy of our Prime Minister, am I the only person to wonder why interior designer Lulu Lytle has any clients at all? Her look is like an acid trip version of a Victorian drawing room. Bring back John Lewis I say...

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Is it 2021? Did a German start up of all males really get thousands of euro in funding for Pinky Gloves? Pink disposable plastic gloves that clog up the planet but allow women to pull out their tampons without getting their own blood on their fingers . Girls you need cleaning up!