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Winner of the Whitbread Prize for best first fiction.

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a coming-out novel from Winterson, the acclaimed author of The Passion and Sexing the Cherry.

The narrator, Jeanette, cuts her teeth on the knowledge that she is one of God’s elect, but as this budding evangelical comes of age and comes to terms with her preference for her own sex, the peculiar balance of her God-fearing household crumbles.

©1985 Jeanette Winterson (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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  • Suswati
  • 08-14-17

Weighing up the church and personal beliefs

Jeanette Winterson's classic semi-autobiographical story about growing up as a lesbian in a devoutly religious family shows the internal battle she had to deal with as a young girl. The exorcism scene is comically tragic as it's horrifying to think about how a girl is not accepted for who she is. An interesting story, but at times seemed a little repetitive.

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  • Mrs Kate Evans
  • 09-24-15

I love everything Jeanette writes.

What made the experience of listening to Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit the most enjoyable?

I think it was enhanced by the author reading
I think this always gives a more enjoyable experience, as the nuances and inflections are exactly as the authors intended.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit?

Hard to say as I adore everything Jeanette writes !

Have you listened to any of Jeanette Winterson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have listened to Why be happy when you can be normal, and loved that, but I think I may be somewhat biased!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The relationship between mother and daughter was particularly emotional for me

Any additional comments?

Next on my list is Sexing the cherry read by the fabulous Juliet Stevenson

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Elina Giebel-Inanloo
  • 07-24-16

The novel that gave me my wings

This is one of the most inspiring and life changing novels I have had the privilege of reading and exploring. With creativity, emotion, passion and imagination, The writer / reader transports me into a beautiful world in which her fictional and nonfictional experiences help me develop a sense of identity and self. It is a beautiful and colourful novel, novel, which would have taken determination and courage to write and read, and every word was a pleasure to hear.

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  • Culwen
  • 11-17-17

A classic down to Earth story

The narration style by Jeanette the author was spot on. The subtle knocks/SFX are little gems in the story.

Easy to listen to. Great plot.

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  • a112
  • 11-10-17

Read by the author

An autobiographical tale told in the author’s voice brought this book to life by including many more nuances and dimensions than one could achieve simply as the reader. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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  • 10-13-17

It’s orange up North

First published back in 1985 and so long since I read it that I thought it time to revisit - especially with the author narrating. A tale of growing up in northern England, coming to terms with sexuality ( although this is a relatively minor element of the story) and more importantly a look at how one emerges from a religious upbringing. Very funny in parts and incredibly northern - quite reminiscent of Victoria Wood. The narration is good - rather ‘one voiced’ for the characters but hearing the authors intonation is always fascinating and makes this special. I was less convinced by the occasional narrative turn into legend and fairytale - but this was an emerging voice. Overall a really good experience and recommended.

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  • Gill R
  • 10-12-17

Not for me

Dull to the point of failure to listen at all! Willed it to end.

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  • Del556
  • 09-13-17

A fruit salad experience

I had seen the (faithful) Television series but had not read the book. I am glad I did. As an older (heterosexual) man who was raised "in the faith", I found this book frighteningly well observed and painfully funny. I imagine that the many cohabiting female missionaries I met when young would also find it the same! Ms Winterson has created a masterpiece.

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  • Susan E.
  • 09-12-17

Superb!

Very funny, honest and open. I love the juxtaposition of humour and difficulty which runs throughout the narrative .

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  • Mrspatriciacherry
  • 09-03-17

Spot on.

The descriptions of the Pentecostal characters were spot on and made me laugh, bringing back memories of my own Pentecostal upbringing.

However I found the last chapter disappointing as it seemed to go right off the boil.

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  • AshaMaria
  • 09-27-16

A must read for foundlings, misfits & blacksheep

Semi auto biographical novel read by the author on growing up a misfit, adoptee in England's north. Her story of self discovery, her evangelical upbringing and her lesbian identity combine with a keenly inquiring mind to create this wonderful, curios tale. Rarely does a book range elegantly, sweetly, sorrowfully over the complexity of love & belonging and the quest to make peace with it all and still win a life for oneself.

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  • Hunter Adams
  • 06-13-16

Incredible.

the most important book I've read to date. wonderfully written and incredibly insightful; profoundly comforting.

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  • Sam
  • 03-10-16

Soothing reading of an outstanding book

Jeanette tells the story so well, her impersonations are hilarious! She has a unique and well-articulated view of feminism.