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Jeanette Winterson

As acclaimed author of novels, short stories, and essays and lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Manchester, she was raised in a Pentecostal Christian family and published her first book when she was 24. This semi-autobiographical debut novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (published in Spanish as Fruta Prohibida, Lumen, 2017), which made her name as a writer, relates the difficulties faces by a lesbian girl who rebels against the conventional values of her community. Since then, she has explored in her literary work gender polarities and sexual identities. She is considered to be one of the most imaginative and original voices in English literature today and has received the Whitbread Prize (1985), a BAFTA Award (1992), the St. Louis Literary Award (2014), and two Lambda literary awards (1994 and 2014). Notable among her works are The Passion (in Catalan, La passió, Periscopi, 2019), Sexing the Cherry (in Spanish, Espejismos, Edhasa, 2006), Lighthousekeeping (in Spanish, La niña del faro, Lumen, 2005), The Stone Gods (in Catalan, Planeta Blau, Empúries, 2008, and also published in Spanish by Lumen, 2018), The Gap of Time (in Spanish, El hueco del tiempo, Random House, 2016), her autobiography, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? (In Spanish, ¿Por qué ser feliz cuando puedes ser normal? (Lumen, 2012) and, more recently, Frankissstein, which is to be published in autumn 2019 by Periscopi (Catalan) and Random House (Spanish). Jeanette Winterson is a member of the Royal Society of Literature and was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 2018.

Update: 23 July 2019

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