The Passion

Early life

Winterson was born in Manchester and adopted by Constance and John William Winterson on 21 January 1960.[2] She grew up in Accrington, Lancashire, and was raised in the Elim Pentecostal Church. Intending to become a Pentecostal Christian missionary, she began evangelising and writing sermons at age six.[3][4]

By the age of 16 Winterson had identified herself as a lesbian and left home.[5] She soon after attended Accrington and Rossendale College, and supported herself at a variety of odd jobs while reading English at St Catherine's College, Oxford.[6][7]

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