Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
|Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit|
|Publication date||21 March 1985|
|Media type||Print (Paperback)|
|Followed by||Boating for Beginners|
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a novel by Jeanette Winterson published in 1985, which she subsequently adapted into a BBC television drama of the same name. It is a bildungsroman about a lesbian girl who grows up in an English Pentecostal community.
The book and subsequent BBC mini series are semi-autobiographical and are generally based on Winterson's life in Accrington, Lancashire, where she lived after moving from her birth town Manchester. A parallel non-fictional account of her life at this time is given in her 2011 memoir, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
- The novel won Winterson the Whitbread Award for a First Novel in 1985.
- Jeanette Winterson does not consider this novel to be a lesbian novel, arguing, 'I've never understood why straight fiction is supposed to be for everyone, but anything with a gay character or that includes gay experience is only for queers.'
- Although the protagonist bears the author's first name, John Mullan has argued that it is neither an autobiography nor a memoir, but a Künstlerroman.
- The book is now popular in schools, most often as part of an A-level literature course. There is a volume in the York Notes Advanced series by Kathryn Simpson, aimed at Literature students.
- Both John Bayley and Muriel Spark have praised the novel.
The book was released on cassette by BBC Audiobooks in 1990, also read by Coleman.
- Brightwell, Laura (July 30, 2012). "Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? (review)". The f word. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
- Winterson, Jeanette. "Interview on Jeanette Winterson's official site". Retrieved August 20, 2010.
- 'True stories', John Mullan, The Guardian, 27 October 2007
- Jeanette Winterson, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, London: Vintage, 2001, back cover
- Prix Italia, Winners 1949 - 2010, RAI
- ISBN 978-0-563-41070-6
- Bentley, Nick. "Jeanette Winterson, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit". In Contemporary British Fiction (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2008), 108-117. ISBN 978-0-7486-2420-1.
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