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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. 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.
After Oxford, she did odd jobs in the theatre and wrote her first novel, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, when she was 23.
Jeanette Winterson 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.
She writes regularly for various UK newspapers, especially The Times and The Guardian, and her journalism can be found on the site.
Apart from her love of books, she loves cars, and at present drives a Landrover Defender 90 TD1, all black with lots of chrome and alloy, and a Porsche 911 Targa.
Jeanette Winterson lives in the country in Oxfordshire, in a seventeenth century thatched cottage on the river, and in a 1780's house she restored from derelict, in Spitalfields, London.