Winterson was born in Manchester, England and adopted as a baby by a working-class Lancashire Pentecostal couple who wanted a child to dedicate to God and she had a bizarre upbringing, portrayed in her autobiographical novel Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.
Since her mother's death she has developed a better relationship with her father.
She is one of the most widely-read contemporary women novelists in English. Other books include Boating for Beginners, The Passion, Written on the Body, Sexing the Cherry, Art & Lies, and Art Objects.
[Last updated: 5 JUN 2004]
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