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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Michael Gove is a mendacious self-serving twerp. Which probably means he will become Prime Minister - unless Boris thugs him off

Waiting for a plane. 62 men and 11 women in the lounge. That’s about equal right? Lol meanwhile that pipsqueak Michael Gove frontrunner for UKPM? We’d be better off with a cartoon. No wait, he is a cartoon. Have a good weekend everyone x

Just counting the academic staff at my old college St Catherine’s Oxford, and even though I didn’t study Maths I can see that 44 men and less than 20 women isn’t where we should be in 2019. Happy International Women’s Day Oxford!

International Women's Day. Not for Crystal Mason

Now the pugnacious little know nothing US Ambassador Woody Johnson tells the U.K. that our animal welfare standards are just a marketing campaign. If you voted Leave you voted for chlorinated chicken and hormone fed beef. And unmeasured misery for animals . Feel good?

The safe steady lunatic fringe puppet in a blue zip-up fleece (AKA our Prime Minister) is delaying Brexit vote again! Meanwhile, 2D Tory Tintin (AKA Michael Grove) warns of 'Real Damage' to the UK if we have a referendum on the 'deal'. What is 2DTT's definition of REAL DAMAGE???

Meanwhile - I wonder why Any Questions has taken me off tonight's programme? Present line-up 3 men and 1 woman. I was told it was to do with 'political events'. These events have not affected the others in the line-up tho. God Bless the BBC

Will they give cheap loans to the LGBTQI (rest of the alphabet) community? Or is it just Lloyds for Lezzos?

Another brave little Brexiteer fucks off to avoid tax. Goodbye Hampshire Hello Monaco. UK's richest man (oil and chemicals - planet- what planet?) Never mind, an extra 4bn in the bank for Jimmy the RAT Ratcliffe. Sorry, SIR Jimmy the Rat

Independent Bank of England economist Gertjan Vlieghe estimates Brexit costs the UK 40bn a year - or 800m a week - more than double the infamous battle bus slogans. Just who is still trusting the Toxic Tories with the economy? Oh! Wait! Vlieghe is an expert so what wld he know?

Books are for good for sitting on if you are a book loving cat like my cat Silver

"It'll be solid gold cravats for all the ERG gammons if the bad economic news continues. And you wonder why they..."

Shelf policing: how books (and cacti) make women too 'spiky' for men

If Labour splits to form a new party out of earshot of Corbyn's 1970s past its sell by date socialism, but committed to tax reform, human rights, social justice and a second referendum then I will join that party and stand for election as an MP. After Brexit the Tories must go

Cats always know what to do.

More Brexshit. Good thing the EU is standing firm. None of this was their idea. Such a waste of everyone's time. Must go and buy more tinned sardines

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Just read that since 2010 the Tories have closed half the Magistrates' Courts in England & Wales, and sold off the sites. Why does anyone in the UK still believe that the zombie Tories are about law&order or sound economics? We know they don't give a toss about social justice.