Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit



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Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
Jeanette Winterson

An autobiographical coming-of-age novel on the dangers of religious enthusiasm and the power of love. Jeanette grows up within a fundamentalist Christian family. Her adoptive mother dominates her life educating her at home in isolation until a letter from the government arrives – ordering her mother to send her daughter to school. Jeanette struggles in the new environment but finally finds a friend in Melanie. When their relationship develops into something more than friendship and Jeanette discovers her interest in women, she is torn between her religious belief and her sexuality.

As the novel (and the film by the same name) touches upon ethical and religious topics an interdisciplinary teaching project with Ethics, Religion and Social Science is possible.

· · 1985

Critical edition

Winterson, Janette. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. Vintage, 2014. 240 pp., ISBN 9780099598183

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In favour of this entry

  • Addresses current affairs
  • Award-winning
  • Gender equality
  • Interdisciplinary or cross-curricular teaching
  • Silenced voices
  • Students can identify with the text

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  • Film
  • TV series