Jeanette Winterson OBE was born in Manchester. Adopted by Pentecostal parents she was raised to be a missionary. This did and didn’t work out.
Discovering early the power of books she left home at 16 to live in a Mini and get on with her education. After graduating from Oxford University she worked for a while in the theatre and published her first novel at 25. Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit is based on her own upbringing but using herself as a fictional character. She scripted the novel into a BAFTA-winning BBC drama. 27 years later she re-visited that material in the bestselling memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? She has written 10 novels for adults, as well as children’s books, non-fiction and screenplays. She writes regularly for the Guardian. She lives in the Cotswolds in a wood and in Spitalfields, London.
She believes that art is for everyone and it is her mission to prove it.
'A book of innocence and bawdiness, fury and joy...needs to be read and re-read' The Times
On the banks of the Thames a baby is found floating. Rescued by the Dog-Woman, a giant strong enough to fling an elephant into the air, their lives together will take them on a dizzying journey through space and time.
As past and present collapse and centuries overlap, love, sex, truth, lies and twelve dancing princesses take centre stage.
'Entrancing...fabulous... Its language retains the clear music of poetry' Sunday Telegraph
'Simple prose shows the subtlest of minds behind it, swift, confident and dazzling' Financial Times
'Her stories and characters levitate off the page into dancing life... A bold, bizarre and timely book' Independent
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