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Jeanette Winterson - Author

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.

Featured books by Jeanette Winterson

Oranges are Not the Only Fruit

Oranges are Not the Only Fruit

13+ readers

Author: Jeanette Winterson Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/09/1991

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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Other books by Jeanette Winterson

The Battle of the Sun

The Battle of the Sun

Author: Jeanette Winterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/11/2009

Jack is the chosen one, the Radiant Boy the Magus needs in order to perfect the alchemy that will transform London of the 1660s into a golden city. But Jack isn't the kind of boy who will do what he is told by an evil genius, and he is soon involved in an epic and nail-biting adventure featuring dragons, knights and Queen Elizabeth I, as he battles to save London.

Tanglewreck

Tanglewreck

Author: Jeanette Winterson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2008

A little way in the future, time is distorting. Time Tornadoes are causing havoc. People are whirled out of their own time, never to return, and a Woolly Mammoth has been seen on the banks of the River Thames. But time is big business, and whoever gets control of time controls life as we know it! In a house called Tanglewreck lives a girl called Silver and her aunt Mrs Rokabye. Unbeknown to Silver there is a family treasure in the form of a 17th-century watch called the Timekeeper, and this treasure holds the key to the mysterious and frightening changes in time. When the sinister Abel Drinkwater arrives at Tanglewreck in search of the watch, Silver realises she must embark on a journey through Time and Space to find the Timekeeper.

Tanglewreck

Tanglewreck

Author: Jeanette Winterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2007

But time is big business, and whoever gets control of time controls life as we know it! In a house called Tanglewreck lives a girl called Silver and her guardian Mrs Rokabye. Unbeknown to Silver there is a family treasure in the form of a seventeenth-century watch called the Timekeeper, and this treasure holds the key to the mysterious and frightening changes in time. When Silver goes on the run to try and protect herself and the Timekeeper, a remarkable and compelling adventure unfolds, full of brilliance and wit, as is befitting an author with the imagination and style of Jeanette Winterson.

The King of Capri

The King of Capri

Author: Jeanette Winterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2004

When a greedy king wakes up one morning, everything he owns has gone - blown across the bay to neighbouring Naples. When a poor and humble washerwoman wakes up that same morning her back yard is full of things that simply were not there the night before. Soon the king and the washerwoman meet for the first time and from that moment both their lives magically change.

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