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Jeanette Winterson

Author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

53+ Works 34,084 Members 826 Reviews 219 Favorited

About the Author

Jeanette Winterson was born in Manchester, England in 1959 and graduated from St. Catherine's College, Oxford. Her book, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, is a semi-autobiographical account of her life as a child preacher (she wrote and gave sermons by the time she was eight years old). The book was show more the winner of the Whitbread Prize for best first fiction and was made into an award-winning TV movie. The Passion won the John Llewelyn Rhys Memorial Prize for best writer under thirty-five, and Sexing the Cherry won the American Academy of Arts and Letters' E. M. Forster Award. (Bowker Author Biography) Jeanette Winterson lives in London & the Cotswolds. (Publisher Provided) show less
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Series

Works by Jeanette Winterson

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1985) 6,307 copies, 146 reviews
Written on the Body (1992) 4,015 copies, 62 reviews
The Passion (1987) 3,654 copies, 56 reviews
Sexing the Cherry (1989) 3,210 copies, 46 reviews
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? (2011) 2,125 copies, 102 reviews
Lighthousekeeping (2003) 1,866 copies, 56 reviews
Art & Lies (1994) 1,412 copies, 9 reviews
Gut Symmetries (1997) 1,356 copies, 8 reviews
Weight: The Myth of Atlas and Heracles (2005) 1,329 copies, 45 reviews
The PowerBook (2000) 1,283 copies, 15 reviews
The Stone Gods (2007) 1,022 copies, 45 reviews
The Gap of Time (2015) 902 copies, 65 reviews
The World and Other Places (1998) 843 copies, 10 reviews
Art Objects (1995) 819 copies, 5 reviews
Frankissstein (2019) 727 copies, 38 reviews
The Daylight Gate (2012) 716 copies, 46 reviews
Tanglewreck (2006) 712 copies, 30 reviews
Boating for Beginners (1985) 554 copies, 6 reviews
The Battle of the Sun (2009) 127 copies, 3 reviews
The King of Capri (2003) 121 copies, 5 reviews
Night Side of the River (2023) 95 copies, 2 reviews
Midsummer Nights (2009) — Editor — 75 copies, 1 review
Passion Fruit (1986) — Editor — 56 copies
Hansel and Greta: A Fairy Tale Revolution (2020) 43 copies, 3 reviews
Love: Vintage Minis (2017) 41 copies, 1 review
The Lion, The Unicorn and Me (2009) 40 copies, 1 review
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit [1989 film] (2008) — Screenwriter — 15 copies, 1 review
Two Stories (2005) 11 copies
Días de fantasmas (2023) 4 copies
The 24-Hour Dog (2019) 3 copies
Der König von Capri (2003) 1 copy
Ted Hughes 1 copy

Associated Works

Orlando: A Biography (1928) — Introduction, some editions — 10,764 copies, 172 reviews
Invisible Cities (1972) — Introduction, some editions — 9,502 copies, 204 reviews
Nightwood (1936) — Introduction, some editions — 3,174 copies, 59 reviews
The Living Mountain (1977) — Afterword, some editions — 608 copies, 24 reviews
The Penguin Book of Lesbian Short Stories (1993) — Contributor — 300 copies, 2 reviews
Growing Up Gay/Growing Up Lesbian: A Literary Anthology (1993) — Contributor — 287 copies
The New Gothic: A Collection of Contemporary Gothic Fiction (1991) — Contributor — 261 copies, 2 reviews
Sudden Fiction International: Sixty Short-Short Stories (1989) — Contributor — 213 copies
The Pleasure of Reading (1992) — Contributor — 189 copies, 8 reviews
Granta 43: Best of Young British Novelists 2 (1993) — Contributor — 178 copies, 3 reviews
Erotica: Women's Writing from Sappho to Margaret Atwood (1990) — Foreword, some editions; Contributor — 169 copies
Stop What You're Doing and Read This! (2011) — Contributor — 159 copies, 9 reviews
Granta 28: Birthday: The Anniversary Issue (1989) — Contributor — 151 copies, 1 review
Granta 23: Home (1988) — Contributor — 139 copies
Four Letter Word: New Love Letters (2007) — Contributor — 136 copies, 2 reviews
Granta 110: Sex (2010) — Contributor — 125 copies, 1 review
Granta 115: The F Word (2011) — Contributor — 114 copies
Granta 39: The Body (1992) — Contributor — 105 copies, 1 review
Eight Ghosts: The English Heritage Book of New Ghost Stories (2017) — Contributor — 104 copies, 4 reviews
Ox-Tales: Fire (2009) — Contributor — 81 copies, 6 reviews
The Ecco Book of Christmas Stories (2005) — Contributor — 75 copies, 2 reviews
Granta 147: 40th Birthday Special (2019) — Contributor — 58 copies, 1 review
The Selfish Giant and Other Stories (Folio Society) (2017) — Introduction — 55 copies, 1 review
Venice Stories (2018) — Contributor — 27 copies, 1 review
The Best British Short Stories 2012 (2012) — Contributor — 16 copies
The Brighton Book (2005) — Contributor — 11 copies
Andy Warhol at Christie's: Prints (2012) — Contributor — 4 copies
Hogarth Shakespeare 6 book set — Contributor — 1 copy

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Oranges are not the only Fruit in Le Salon Littéraire du Peuple pour le Peuple (March 2012)

Reviews

it was alright. I dont know much about the bible and the book is steeped in the biblical like a strong tea bag...
didn't really enjoy it
 
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asl4u | 145 other reviews | Jul 21, 2024 |
This book gets a 100/10 simply for the "aged pea."

I have read that section at family functions and I want someone to read it with a straight face at my funeral.
 
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annahuber13 | 61 other reviews | Jun 10, 2024 |
I know people love this book, but it really fell flat for me. There were some funny moments, particularly satirizing Napoleon and his cult-of-personality, but mostly it felt trite. There were lots of cliche one-liners – like one about how snowflakes are all unique – that were repeated so many times throughout the book (ostensibly to give them weight?), but in the end it just felt like a cheap way of trying to artificially create depth that wasn't there.
 
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CruellaLibrary | 55 other reviews | Jun 3, 2024 |
This was an overview of certain moments in history that have acted as stepping stones to AI. Whether AI is something that will benefit or harm us remains to be seen.
A lot of this felt like reading a history textbook - dry facts and rambling paragraphs.
The more concentrated portions of wintersons own musing were more entertaining.
 
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spiritedstardust | Jun 1, 2024 |

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Rating
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Reviews
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ISBNs
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Favorited
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