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BBC documentary profiles the University's Professor of Creative Writing

29 Nov 2012

Jeanette Winterson is the subject of the latest programme in BBC One's 'Imagine' series on Tuesday 4 December (10.35pm).

Jeanette Winterson - Imagine

'Jeanette Winterson: My Monster and Me' covers not only Jeanette's life and career, but also the importance of literature and the arts. 

Nearly thirty years after her triumphant debut novel, Oranges are Not the Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson returns with Alan Yentob to the scenes of her extraordinary childhood in Lancashire. She was adopted and brought up to be a missionary by the larger-than-life Mrs Winterson. But Jeanette followed a different path: she found literature, fell in love with a girl, and escaped to university.

Following her recent memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal, Jeanette Winterson tells the story of her recent breakdown and suicide attempt, her quest to find her birth mother and how the power of books helped her to survive.

You'll also be able to watch the programme on BBC iPlayer until 24 January 2013.