Jeanette Winterson

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The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is the writer Jeanette Winterson. Her first book Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit was based on her Lancashire childhood where she grew up as the adopted daughter of evangelical parents. She'll be talking to Sue Lawley about her upbringing - in which her parents saw her as a child they could dedicate to God, about how she left home at 15 after falling in love with another woman and about how she finally managed to get herself into Oxford.

Her first book won the Whitbread Prize and has been followed by more books and more prizes, all of which have attracted criticism and acclaim in equal measures.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Di, Cor Mio from Act 1 of Alcina by George Frideric Handel
Book: Four Quartets by T S Eliot
Luxury: A case of Krug champagne

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40 minutes

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Fri 14 Oct 1994 09:05


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PresenterSue Lawley
Interviewed GuestJeanette Winterson

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