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.


Frankissstein: A Love Story @Wintersonworld

Tesla going to Berlin instead of Uk for their new gigafactory. Brexit isn’t just a vanity project it is a ruinously expensive vanity project.

What is he wearing on his legs? Can’t decide if this is Mr Toad it Malvolio

Jacob Rees Mogg is NOT CLEVER. His morality is wholesale from the Catholic Church. His social policy is straight out of Samuel Smiles Self Help 1859. His politics, like his money , are from his father. The man doesn’t think for himself. And he has zero emotional intelligence

The Times today talking about The Rise of Man (meaning women too I suppose ) diagram has an actual male and the tree dweller is drawn as male. Females too stupid too stand up or what?

Now Tom Watson is gone . So many moderates on the Left and Right standing down as the politics of polarisation takes over Britain. The real culprits ? Cameron and Osborne. They broke Britain with cruel austerity and a referendum whose result has and will ruin us all

Here I am in Utrecht for the Dutch publication of Frankisstein. Look closely at this sign on a house

The @Conservatives party was a remain party with a fringe of extreme EU fanatics like Nick. Most of those have been expelled or stepping down. We have moved heaven and earth to shift it to a Leave party 🎉 including signing up 30,000 new Brexit members ! Good bye Nick

The government has spent at least roughly £2billion (or £30 per person) on no deal preparations up to now.

If you are in New York City tonight , me too, at Strand Bookstore 7pm. The end of the 15 day tour !

Did Vote Leave Intend to wreck British democracy ( because it is easier for right wing populism to take hold in chaos) or is this an unintended terrible consequence of a split nation? Referendum essential now that both Leave and Remain can see both deal and consequences

Glad to be at Politics and Prose Washington DC tonight at 7pm . Staying just by the White House . I wonder if Trump will come along to the reading? Hope so

On the train to Philadelphia so if you are nearby join me tonight at 1930 at the Public Library Vine St for more Frankisstein . Tomorrow I will be in Washington DC .

Just discovered that Don McLean has been domestically abusing his now ex wife for years and is trying to prevent her from speaking out in public, says she’s a liar, while at the same time claiming he is getting sympathy and a career boost ! That’s the news from Boston today

In Miami and thanks to Books and Books for hosting me. On Monday night I will be in Boston hosted by Harvard Book Store at the First Parish Church 1446 Massachusetts Ave . This is a crazy tour! So come and help me out

Ok if you are in Seattle tonight I am in at 7pm in the Microsoft Auditorium@Seattle Public Library. Previous Tweet said 1730 because this travel is causing me to lose touch with time! See you later

If you are in San Francisco tonight join me 7pm at The Jewish Community Centre 3200 California St. Tomorrow night I am in Seattle at The Public Library 530pm. We may lose and we may win but we’ll never be here again

If you are in Los Angeles tomorrow come to Skylight Books at 5pm and I will be there. It is time for the Frankisstein book tour USA

Less plastic, less meat, less dairy, fewer fuel miles, no throw-away shit, no fast-fashion. Hold the polluters to account. Respect the science. Climate breakdown must mark the coming together of everyone on earth to help stabilise the planet. Power to Extinction Rebellion

The Irish border is a matter of life and death, not technology | Fintan O’Toole BRILLIANT PIECE ABOUT IRELAND AND THE BACKSTOP

Sandi, you are right about CAP and it is in dire need of reform. I see signs of that happening. I don't think UK will do better outside the EU - and we had a strong voice to speak up for reform. US 'standards' are far worse than those of the EU. I feel we should work together