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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How is your weather today ? This is mine !

Who would microwave a bottle of champagne ???? See label!

Just discovered that poetry will be optional at GCSE level in the U.K. Our literary heritage is built on poetry ! In its new blended forms of rap and story beat it inspires kids to express themselves through a language that is more than instrumental. Horrid little policy wonks

Unbelievable sexism as doctors in swimwear posting personal or family snaps are called unprofessional . The docs are women of course and the people calling them unprofessional? Have a guess!

Is Poland really withdrawing from the European treaty that prohibits violence against women? Stop euro funding to Poland till the Catholic Church and the Government abandon their horrible tactic of hiding violence against women under ‘equal rights’.

The godchild with the kitten just got a First in Psychology and Linguistics at Oxford . She goes on to do a funded PhD but in the meantime she is building a neural network based on the Great Works of, er Me. Can I now outsource my labour?? Well done Cal Shearer!

They didn’t fall; they were pushed ...when lies are substituted for truth and digital media uses direct targeting, it is easy to manipulate our basic trust. We won’t have any historians because Humanities Depts won’t get funded . Then you can rewrite the past as you like

I wonder what Nero is going to do? Behind You!!!

Good job the Aga is off for the summer. This arrived with a godchild . Top hygiene here as usual

Book Club with Jeanette Winterson #GuardianLive

David Starkey’s ‘apology’ to the ‘damn blacks ‘is all about what he has lost , (money,power,prestige),and nothing about what he has learned . That’s because he has learned nothing.

Just wondering for how long unelected and not accountable Dominic Cummings will be allowed to go on running /ruining the UK? Those Gollum-like fingers in the Civil Service is really frightening .

Of course people are going to the beach and crowding into the river in my village. Boris has put them on furlough and told them to meet others outdoors. Not safe to go to work but fine to have a non stop holiday in Bankrupt Britain.

Just heard the latest vile spew from Katie Hopkins now blaming women( she doesn’t mention men) for having kids they can’t afford to feed over the summer holidays . The far right in Britain is the real threat to a decent integrated society ; not multi culturalism or the EU

News from friends in Berlin, Paris & Amsterdam enjoying bars and restaurants. It occurs to me that our noble leaders don’t want us to travel so that we don’t see the comparisons between leadership in the rest of Europe and the chaos of Little Britain.

Why is Priti Patel calling toppling the statue of slave trader Edward Colston, in Bristol, ‘utterly disgraceful ‘? A crime! It’s a statue not a life . Colston stole 100,000 Africans to work on his Caribbean estates . That doesn’t deserve a monument . But he was a Tory MP.

Why is the BBC making Emily Maitliss stand down tonight because last night she laid out the facts about Cummings? Tell the truth in New Britain and you get into trouble. Lie and cheat and you get to be prime minister

Still together. Nero and Silver this afternoon in the kitchen . If only we could all be so content with each other