“I believe in communication; books
communicate ideas and make bridges between people.” – Jeanette Winterson
Winterson, the award-winning English writer who celebrates her 62nd birthday this week, first became famous for Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, a semi-autobiographical novel about a sensitive teenage girl rebelling against conventional values.
Some of her other novels have explored gender polarities and sexual identity. Winterson is also a broadcaster and a professor of creative writing. “My books always begin with a sentence and an image - not necessarily connected,” Winterson said.
After winning a basketful of top awards for Oranges, Winterson followed up by winning the prestigious John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for The Passion, a novel set in Napoleonic Europe.
Winterson was made an officer of Order of the British Empire (OBE) “For services to literature.” One of the best of those “services” is her sensitivity to the lives of others and her terrific portrayal of what she’s witnessed and heard.
“Everything in writing begins with language,” she said, “and language begins with listening.”
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