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Jeanette Winterson

Jeanette Winterson was born in Manchester and raised in Lancashire by adoptive parents. Intending to become a Pentecostal Christian Missionary, she began evangelising and writing sermons at age six. By age 16 she left home and soon after read English at St Catherine’s College, Oxford.

After moving to London, her first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, was published when she was 24 years old. It won the 1985 Whitbread Black and Jeanette adapted it in 1990 into a BAFTA Award-winning drama. She won the 1987 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for The Passion.

Her subsequent novels explore the boundaries of physicality and the imagination, gender polarities, and sexual identities, and have won several literary awards. Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? is a Sunday Times Best Seller and won the Independent Booksellers’ prize in 2012.

Jeanette is a frequent contributor to television and raido, an engaging public speaker, and has filmed several documentaries. She was made an officer of Order of the British Empire (OBE) at the 2006 New Year Honours.

 

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ORANGES ARE NOT THE ONLY FRUIT


‘Like most people I lived for a long time with my mother and father. My father liked to watch the wrestling, my mother liked to wrestle; it didn’t matter what.’


This is the story of Jeanette, adopted and brought up by her mother as one of God’s elect. Zealous and passionate, she seems 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.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Oranges-Are-Not-Only-Fruit/dp/product-description/0099935708/ref=dp_proddesc_0?ie=UTF8&n=266239&s=books


PUBLISHER: Vintage

PUBLICATION DATE: (Reissue) December 2009

RIGHTS CONTROLLED: Translation

RIGHTS SOLD: Chinese (complex), Chinese (simplified), Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish

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WHY BE HAPPY WHEN YOU COULD BE NORMAL


In 1985 Jeanette Winterson’s first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, was published. It tells the story of a young girl adopted by Pentecostal parents. The girl is supposed to grow up and be a missionary. Instead she falls in love with a woman. Disaster.


Written when Jeanette was only twenty-five, her novel went on to win the Whitbread First Novel award, become an international bestseller and inspire an award-winning BBC television adaptation.


Oranges was semi-autobiographical. Mrs Winterson, a thwarted giantess, loomed over that novel and its author’s life. When Jeanette finally left her home, at sixteen, because she was in love with a woman, Mrs Winterson asked her: why be happy when you could be normal?


This book is the story of a life’s work to find happiness. It is a book full of stories: about a girl locked out of her home, sitting on the doorstep all night; about a tyrant in place of a mother, who has two sets of false teeth and a revolver in the duster drawer, waiting for Armageddon; about growing up in an northern industrial town now changed beyond recognition, part of a community now vanished; about the Universe as a Cosmic Dustbin. It is the story of how the painful past Jeanette Winterson thought she had written over and repainted returned to haunt her later life, and sent her on a journey into madness and out again, in search of her real mother. It is also a book about other people’s stories, howing how fiction and poetry can form a string of guiding lights, a life-raft which supports us when we are sinking.


Funny, acute, fierce and celebratory, this is a tough-minded search for belonging, for love, an identity, a home, and a mother.


http://www.amazon.co.uk/Why-Happy-When-Could-Normal/dp/0224093452/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1301664365&sr=1-1


PUBLISHER: Random House

PUBLICATION DATE: October 2011

RIGHTS CONTROLLED: Translation

RIGHTS SOLD: Dutch, French, Italian, Spanish, Swedish

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THE STONE GODS


On the airwaves, all the talk is of the new blue planet – pristine and habitable, like our own 65 million years ago, before we took it to the edge of destruction. And off the air, Billie and Spike are falling in love. What will happen when their story combines with the world’s story, as they whirl towards Planet Blue, into the future? Will they – and we – ever find a safe landing place?


http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stone-Gods-Jeanette-Winterson/dp/014103260X/ref=sr_1_10?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1301664811&sr=1-10


PUBLISHER:  Penguin

PUBLICATION DATE: July 2008

RIGHTS CONTROLLED: Translation

RIGHTS SOLD: Catalan, Dutch, Estonian, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish, Swedish

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THE PASSION


‘Magical touches dance like highlights over the briliance of this fairy tale about passion, gambling, madness and androgynous ecstasy’

- Edmund White

 

What you risk reveals what you value. How is it that one day life is orderly and you are content, a little cynical perhaps, but on the whole just so, and the without warning you find the solid floor is a trapdoor and you are now in another place whose geography us uncertain and whose customs are strange.

 

Travellers at least have a choice. Those who set sail know that things will not be the same as at home. Explorers are prepared. But for us, who travel along the blood vessels, who come to the cities of the interior by chance, there is no preparation. We who were fluent find a foreign language. I’m telling you stories. Trust me.

 

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PUBLISHER: Vintage

PUBLICATION DATE: December 2009

RIGHTS CONTROLLED: Translation

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THE POWERBOOK


‘Mischievous and intelligent, determined to provoke thoughts about love’s reason, and its risk.’

- The Times


An e-writer called Ali or Alix will write to order anything you like, provided you are prepared to enter the story yourself and take the risk of leaving it as someone else. You can be the hero of your own life. You can have freedom just for one night. But there is a price. Ali discovers that she too will have to pay it.


Set in London, Paris, Capri and Cyberspace, this is a book that reinvents itself as it travels. Using cover-versions, fairy tales, contemporary myths, and popular culture, The PowerBook works at the intersection between the real and the imagined. It’s territory is you.


http://www.amazon.co.uk/Powerbook-Jeanette-Winterson/dp/0099285436/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1306492138&sr=1-1


PUBLISHER: Vintage

PUBLICATION DATE: September 2000

RIGHTS CONTROLLED: Translation

RIGHTS SOLD: Chinese (simplified), Dutch, German, Italian, Japanese

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SEXING THE CHERRY


‘Entrancing… fabulous… Its language retains the clear music of poetry’

- Sunday Telegraph


Set in the 17th century, Sexing the Cherry is the story of Jordan, an orphan found floating on the River Thames, and his keeper, The Dog Woman, a huge and monstrous creature with a powerful right hook and a wide vocabulary. It celebrates the power of the imagination as it playfully juggles with our perception of history and reality; love and sex; lies and truth; and twelve dancing princesses who lived happily ever after, but not with their husbands.

 

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PUBLISHER: Vintage

PUBLICATION DATE: May 2011

RIGHTS CONTROLLED: Translation

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LIGHTHOUSEKEEPING


‘An entrancing, gleaming crystal of a book, which left me bereft when it was over.’

- Independent on Sunday


A magical, lyrical tale of the young orphan Silver, taken in by the ancient lighthousekeeper Mr. Pew, who reveals to her a world of myth and mystery through the art of storytelling.


Motherless and anchorless, Silver is taken in by the timeless Mr. Pew, keeper of the Cape Wrath lighthouse. Pew tells Silver ancient tales of longing and rootlessness, of the slippages that occur throughout every life. One life, Babel Dark’s, a nineteenth-century clergyman, opens like a map that Silver must follow, and the intertwining of myth and reality, of storytelling and experience, lead her through her own particular darkness.


A story of mutability, talking birds and stolen books, of Darwin and Stevenson and of the Jekyll and Hyde in all of us, Lighthousekeeping is a way into the most secret recesses of our own hearts and minds. Jeanette Winterson is one of the most extraordinary and original writers of her generation, and this shows her at her lyrical best.


http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lighthousekeeping-Jeanette-Winterson/dp/0007181507/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1306493367&sr=1-1


PUBLISHER: HarperPerennial

PUBLICATION DATE: May 2004

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GUT SYMMETRIES


‘Winterson is unmatched amongst contemporary writers…a mad, beautiful, prophetic book, the Big Idea Novel of our days.’

- Times Literary  Supplement


Funny, tender and full of surprises, Gut Symmetries is a celebration of love in all its frailty, confusion and excess. Set on board the QE2, and in New York and Liverpool, Gut Symmetries explores parallel lives, loves and universes.


http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gut-Symmetries-Jeanette-Winterson/dp/1862070423/ref=sr_1_26?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1306494248&sr=1-26


PUBLISHER: Granta

PUBLICATION DATE: January 1997

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WRITTEN ON THE BODY


‘Winterson’s novels are about exploding our complacent notions of the real, breaking down received ideas of gender, time and space… John Donne wrote, “Love…makes one little room, as everywhere.” Winterson’s novel arrives at a similar affirmation’

- Time Out


Written on the Body is a secret code only visible in certain lights: the accumulations of a lifetime gather there. In places the palimpsest is so heavily worked that the letters feel like braille. I like to keep my body rolled away from prying eyes, never unfold too much, tell the whole story. I didn’t know that Louise would have reading hands. She has translated me into her own book.


‘An ambitious work, at once at love story and a philosophical meditation on the body…the result is a work that is consistently revelatory about the phenomenon of love’

- New York Times Book Review


http://www.amazon.co.uk/Written-Body-Jeanette-Winterson/dp/0099193914/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1306494472&sr=1-1


PUBLISHER: Vintage

PUBLICATION DATE: March 2010

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ART OBJECTS: ESSAYS ON ECSTASY AND EFFRONTERY


These interlocking essays uncover art as an active force in the world – neither elitist or remote, present to those who want it, affecting even those who don’t. Winterson’s own passionate vision of art is presented here – provocatively and personally in pieces on Modernism, autobiography, style, painting, the future of fiction, in two essays on Virginia Woolf, and more intimately in pieces where she describes her relationship to her work and the books that she loves.


‘Flashes of sly wit have an epigrammatic power… On Joyce, Woolf, Conrad, Dickens and the development of English literature she is acute and always interesting..covetable, infuriating, stimulating’

- Independent


http://www.amazon.co.uk/Art-Objects-Essays-Ecstasy-Effrontery/dp/0099590018/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1306495175&sr=1-1


PUBLISHER: Vintage

PUBLICATION DATE: March 2010

RIGHTS CONTROLLED: Translation

RIGHTS SOLD: Italian, Spanish

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ART AND LIES


‘If we want language to be handled with vitality and suppleness, if we want to consider serious questions of philosophy, art and sexuality, if we want writers to aspire to beauty, then we should be glad of Jeanette Winterson… she is a writer who will continue to astonish, to please and to vex. Art & Lies does all these things’

-  Literary Review


Set in a London of the near future, Art & Lies’ three principal characters, Handel, Picasso and Sappho, separately flee the city and find themselves on the same train, drawn to one another through the curious agency of a book. Stories within stories take us through the unlikely love-affairs of one Doll Sneerpiece, an eighteenth-century bawd, and into the world of painful beauty where language has the power to heal. Art & Lies is a question and a quest: How shall I live?


http://www.amazon.co.uk/Art-Lies-Piece-Three-Voices/dp/0099462311/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1306495431&sr=1-1


PUBLISHER: Vintage

PUBLICATION: March 2010 (reissue)

RIGHTS CONTROLLED: Translation

RIGHTS SOLD: Dutch, German, Italy

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THE WORLD AND OTHER PLACES


In this, her first collection of short stories, Winterson reveals all the facets of her extraordinary imagination. In prose that is full of imagery and word-play, she creates physical and psychological worlds that are at once familiar and yet shockingly strange.


‘An awesome panorama… compelling and wild… an original and thrilling writer’

- Independent


http://www.amazon.co.uk/World-Other-Places-Jeanette-Winterson/dp/product-description/0099274531/ref=dp_proddesc_0?ie=UTF8&n=266239&s=books&qid=1306495704&sr=1-1


PUBLISHER: Vintage

PUBLICATION: October 2010 (reissue)

RIGHTS CONTROLLED: Translation

RIGHTS SOLD: Spanish

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A mysterious gathering of thirteen people is interrupted by local magistrate, Roger Nowell.


Is this a witches’ Sabbat?


Two notorious Lancashire witches are already in Lancaster Castle waiting trial. Why is the beautiful and wealthy Alice Nutter defending them? And why is she among the group of thirteen on Pendle Hill?


Elsewhere, a starved, abused child lurks. And a Jesuit priest and former Gunpowder plotter, recently returned from France, is widely rumoured to be heading for Lancashire. But who will offer him sanctuary? And how quickly can he be caught?


This is the reign of James I, a Protestant King with an obsession: to rid his realm of twin evils, witchcraft and Catholicism, at any price …



http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Daylight-Gate-Jeanette-Winterson/dp/0099561859 

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