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Summary

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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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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Superb!

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

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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

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A great story; a great book; a great rendition

Based loosely on her life, as is any story, Jeanette Winterson reads her book with the feeling, nuance and humour that only an author can bring to their own work. Read it many years ago but her reading gives the tale vibrancy.

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Inspiring and empathetic

I fell in love with Jeanette, whose retelling of her experience in fictional form helped me sort through some of my own feelings. The performance was poignant and engaging, the characterisation believable and inspiring.

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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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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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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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Not for me

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

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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.