Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
  

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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 the face of her dawning sexuality. At times it felt like watching a battle between nature and nurture, at others like being lost in a fairytale forest. The only book that’s ever made me laugh out loud whilst reading alone in public. Proud, poetic, and sensual. Drenched in natural talent. I could almost feel Winterson’s hand holding her writer’s compass and heading towards the perfect circle she would finally create in her third book, The Passion."

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Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

This is the story of Jeanette, adopted and brought up by her mother as one of God's elect. Zealous and passionate, she seems destined for life as a missionary, but then she falls for one of her converts. At sixteen, Jeanette decides to leave the church, her home and her family, for the young woman she loves. Innovative, punchy and tender, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a few days ride into the bizarre outposts of religious excess and human obsession.

About the 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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Paperback

Author

Jeanette Winterson
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Author's Website

www.jeanettewinterson.com

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Publication date

30th November 1999

ISBN

9780099935704

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