Jeanette Winterson published her first book, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, at the age of 23. Since then she has written some of the most exciting and imaginative fiction around, including The Passion, Sexing the Cherry, The Stone Gods, The Powerbook and Weight. In 2006 Jeanette was awarded an OBE for services to literature. Her most recent book is The Battle of the Sun, a fantasy adventure for children and adults set in 1660s London. She has won various awards around the world for her fiction and adaptations, including the Whitbread Prize for Best First Novel, the EM Forster Award, and the FIPA d'argent at Cannes Film Festival. She writes regularly for various UK newspapers, especially The Times and the Guardian. Jeanette lives in a cottage in Gloucestershire and above her shop, Verdes, in east London. She is experimenting with a part-move to Paris because she can't resist the French.