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Oranges are not the only fruit

Jeanette Winterson


English writter, journalist and professeur at the University of Manchester

  • Born in 1959
  • Feminist icon
  • Married to Susie Orbach since 2015

Themes of her work :
  • boundaries of physicality and the imagination,
  • gender polarities and sexual identity

  • Oranges are not the only fruits, 1985
  • The passion, 1987
  • Sexing the cherry, 1989
  • Guy Symmetries, 1997
  • The world and other places, 1998

  • Lighthousekeeping, 2004
  • The Stone Gods, 2007
  • Ingenious, 2009
  • Frankissstein : A love Story, 2019

Oranges are not the only fruit

  • Published in 1985
  • Semi-autobiographical novel
  • Adapted in 1990 on television


  • The author’s childhood in the form of a fable
  • She discoveres her homosexuality in English Pentecostal community


"I wrote about some of these things in Oranges, and when it was published, my mother sent me a furious note"

"Like most people I lived for a long time with my mother and father. My father like to watch the wrestling, my mother like to wrestle; it didn't matter what. She was in the white corner and that was that.
She hung out the largest sheets on the windiest days. She wanted the Mormons to knock on the door. At election time in a Labour mill town she put a picture of the Conservative candidate in the window.
She had never heard of mixed feelings. There were friends and there were ennemies."



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