Jeanette Winterson is the author of more than twenty books, which include novels, non-fiction and works for children. Her first book, the autobiographical novel Oranges are Not the Only Fruit, won the 1985 Whitbread Award and her adaptation of the novel for television won a BAFTA. Winterson was first published in Granta in 1988 and was later chosen as one of the magazine’s Best of Young British Novelists in 1993.She teaches creative writing at the University of Manchester, and is currently working on a film about Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas.
Jeanette Winterson on Granta.com
The Cells, Tissues, Systems and Cavities of the Body
‘You were a coat of many colours wrestled into the dirt.’
‘Every 200,000 years or so, the individual stars within each constellation shift position. That is, they are shifting all the time, but more subtly than any tracker dog of ours can follow. One day, if the earth has not voluntarily opted out of the solar system, we will wake up to a new heaven whose dome will again confound us.’