The shocking, heart-breaking - and often very funny - true story behind Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
The shocking, heart-breaking - and often very funny - true story behind Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.
In 1985 Jeanette Winterson's first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, was published. It was Jeanette's version of the story of a terraced house in Accrington, an adopted child, and the thwarted giantess Mrs Winterson. It was a cover story, a painful past written over and repainted. It was a story of survival.
This book is that story's the silent twin. It is full of hurt and humour and a fierce love of life. It is about the pursuit of happiness, about lessons in love, the search for a mother and a journey into madness and out again. It is generous, honest and true.
‘Unforgettable… It’s the best book I have ever read about the cost of growing up’ Daisy Goodwin, Sunday Times
**ONE OF THE GUARDIAN'S 100 BEST BOOKS OF THE 21st CENTURY**
“Unforgettable… It’s the best book I have ever read about the cost of growing up.”
Daisy Goodwin, Sunday Times
“A searingly felt and expressed autobiography…Funny and profoundly hopeful – a tale of survival”
Kate Hamer, Metro
“This book is good, sensible, beautiful company… Try this”
A.L. Kennedy, Week
“Jeanette Winterson’s writing is poetic, emotive and beautiful”
So Many Books So Little Time (blog)
“Incredibly moving and full of Winterson’s characteristic wit.”
“A memoir of a childhood shot through with fire-and-brimstone parenting, resilience and survival. The disturbing portrait of her adoptive mother is balanced by Winterson’s crisp wit.”
Juliet Nicolson, Week
“It is in laying the truth bare in this unflinchingly honest and gripping memoir that Winterson really seems to find self-acceptance, love and even happiness”
Yvonne Cassidy, The Gloss