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Jeanette Winterson was adopted by Pentecostal evangelists and raised in Lancashire, England. She attended college at Oxford University. She is the author of a book of essays, Art Objects, and six other novels, Boating for Beginners, The Passion, Sexing the Cherry, Written on the Body, Art and Lies, and Gut Symmetries. She currently lives in London
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, published in 1985, is Winterson's first novel. It fits into a genealogy of British fiction which includes such precursors a Angela Carter and Virginia Woolf. At the time of publication, Winterson admitted its autobiographical nature. More recently, she has attempted to separate herself more from her wiring; Art Objects is a good example of that separation.