Since the mid-1980s and the publication of her debut novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson has established herself as a significant figure in the field of contemporary British literature and as a popular writer for study in schools and universities.1 In a country not given to lauding its writers, Winterson occupies an interesting and significant role in the nation’s contemporary cultural life. Sales for her particular style of literary fiction have been consistently good, and she is regularly invited to judge prizes and give her opinions on television programmes about arts and culture.2 Winterson’s recognition by the cultural establishment is epitomized by the award of an OBE bestowed on her in 2006.
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