London: Pandora Press, 1985
8vo, first edition, original printed wrappers, slightly frayed at head of spine
Her first book. A girl is adopted into an evangelical family in the North of England. In the author’s words: “it exposes the sanctity of family life... illustrates by example what the church calls love is actually psychosis and it dares to suggest that what makes life difficult for homosexuals is not their perversity but other people’s.”
Winner of the Whitbread Award for a First Novel and Costa First Novel Award in 1985. Winterson adapted the novel for the 1990 BBC television three part series Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, directed by Beeban Kidron and starring Charlotte Coleman, Geraldine McEwan, Kenneth Cranham and Cathryn Bradshaw. Winterson’s screenplay won the 1991 Prix d'Argent, Cannes.
Annotated on 36 pages. Approximately 950 words.
London: Jonathan Cape, 2011
8vo, first edition, fourth impression ("4 6 8 10 9 7 5" on imprint page), original blue cloth lettered in gilt on spine, dust-jacket
In this memoir of Winterson’s early life, she revisits the territory covered by the novel Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, but is much more forthcoming about the rather grim details of her childhood. “It is the story of how the painful past Jeanette Winterson thought she had written over and repainted returned to haunt her later life, and sent her on a journey into madness and out again, in search of her real mother.”
Annotated on 22 pages. Approximately 250 words.