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'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' 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 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.
'Witty… extraordinary and exhilarating' The Times
'She is a master of her material, a writer in whom great talent abides' Vanity Fair
'Many consider her to be the best living writer in this language... In her hands, words are fluid, radiant, humming' Evening Standard
'A novel that deserves revisiting' Observer
'A wonderful rites-of-passage novel' Mariella Frostrup

Reviews

She is a master of her material, a writer in whom great talent abides

Vanity Fair

Many consider her to be the best living writer in this language... In her hands, words are fluid, radiant, humming

Evening Standard

A novel that deserves revisiting...Winterson maintains a balance of tone, a trueness of voice... It remains one of the finest things Winterson has written

Observer

Still extraordinary, still brilliant

Metro

Even at a time when so many good and interesting novels are coming out, hers stand out as performances of real originality and extraordinary promise

John Bayley

Wonderful rites-of-passage novel... where the author's blossoming Sapphic nature leads her to eschew her mothers proffered favourite

Mariella Frostrup

It is very funny, with an Alan Bennett sort of humour, beautifully written, quirky and likely to cause much tuttutting in conservative quarters

Daily Mail

This lesbian coming of age story set in northern England doesn't seem to have aged a bit

The Independent

An instant classic

Rosemary Goring, Herald

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  • Paperback

    9780099598183

    November 1, 2014

    Vintage

    240 pages

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  • EBook

    9781409088561

    September 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    240 pages

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