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Jeanette Winterson - Author

Jeanette Winterson was born in Manchester, England, and adopted by Pentecostal parents who brought her up in the nearby mill-town of Accrington. As a Northern working class girl she was not encouraged to be clever. Her adopted father was a factory worker, her mother stayed at home. There were only six books in the house, including the Bible and Cruden's Complete Concordance to the Old and New Testaments. Strangely, one of the other books was Malory's Morte d'Arthur, and it was this that started her life quest of reading and writing. The house had no bathroom either, which was fortunate because it meant that Jeanette could read her books by flashlight in the outside toilet. Reading was not much approved unless it was the Bible. Her parents intended her for the missionary field. Schooling was erratic but Jeanette had got herself into a girl's grammar school and later she read English at Oxford University. This was not an easy transition. Jeanette had left home at 16 after falling in love with another girl. While she took her A levels she lived in various places, supporting herself by evening and weekend work. In a year off to earn money, she worked as a domestic in a lunatic asylum.

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The Lion, the Unicorn and Me
Jeanette Winterson - illustrated by Rosalind MacCurrach
Inspired by Jeanette Winterson's love of Christmas traditions and retelling old stories, The Lion, The Unicorn and Me is a new version of a familiar tale. It cuts to the heart of what is moving about the very first Christmas,...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/10/2014
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The Lion, The Unicorn and Me: The Donkey's Christmas Story
Jeanette Winterson
In this beautifully evocative retelling of the story of the very first Christmas, the humble donkey is chosen above all the other animals, including the kingly lion and the proud unicorn, for a vital journey of discovery and wonder. This...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/11/2011
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The Battle of the Sun
Jeanette Winterson
A rollercoaster of a seventeenth century adventure begins with Jack's dramatic kidnapping on his twelfth birthday. Jack's been selected as the Radiant Boy and the evil Magus needs to get his hands on him so that he can turn London...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/06/2010
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The Battle of the Sun
Jeanette Winterson
A rollercoaster of a seventeenth century adventure begins with Jack's dramatic kidnapping on his twelfth birthday. Jack's been selected as the Radiant Boy and the evil Magus needs to get his hands on him so that he can turn London...
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Format: Hardback | Released 02/11/2009
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The Lion, the Unicorn and Me: The Donkey's Christmas Story (collector's edition)
Jeanette Winterson
A wonderful collector's edition signed by the author of this beautifully evocative retelling of the story of the very first Christmas where the humble donkey is chosen above all the other animals, including the kingly lion and the proud unicorn,...
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Format: Hardback | Released 05/10/2009
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The Lion, The Unicorn and Me: The Donkey's Christmas Story
Jeanette Winterson
In this beautifully evocative retelling of the story of the very first Christmas, the humble donkey is chosen above all the other animals, including the kingly lion and the proud unicorn, for a vital journey of discovery and wonder. This...
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Format: Hardback | Released 05/10/2009
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Tanglewreck
Jeanette Winterson
Silver finds herself caught up in the exciting adventures to stop time vanishing. Helped by her friend Gabriel, she must find the Timekeeper – the only thing that will keep time regular - and so prevent either the wicked Regalia...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2007
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Tanglewreck
Jeanette Winterson
Silver and Gabriel must save the Timekeeper from the evil Abel Darkwater and Regalia Mason if the passing of time is to be kept predictable and safe and if the Time Tornadoes are to be kept out. How can they...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/07/2006
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Oranges are Not the Only Fruit
Jeanette Winterson
Sharon Dogar, April 2011 Guest Editor: "When I first read this I suffered an intense bout of envy. It was the book I wished I could have written. A foundling child struggles with the religious zealotry of her mother in...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/09/1991
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