Professor of New Writing at the Centre for New Writing
Jeanette Winterson was born in Manchester, England, and adopted by Pentecostal parents who brought her up in the nearby mill-town of Accrington. After reading English at Oxford University she wrote her first novel, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, when she was 23. It was published a year later in 1985. Since then she has published more than a dozen books including, most recently, the memoir Why be happy when you could be normal? and The Daylight Gate, and has won various awards around the world for her fiction and adaptations, including the Whitbread Prize, UK, and the Prix d'argent, Cannes Film Festival.
In 2006 Jeanette Winterson was awarded an OBE for services to literature. She writes regularly for various UK newspapers, especially The Times and The Guardian. She was appointed Professor of Creative Writing at Manchester in September 2012.
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A selection of Jeanette's fiction
The Gap of Time
The Gap of Time is Jeanette Winterson’s cover version of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale.
Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit
Jeanette's first novel was adapted for radio in 2016 for BBC Radio 4.
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
Published in 2011, Winterson has described this as the silent twin of Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit.
‘It’s a fantasy, a vivid dream… inventive and brilliant’ - The Guardian.