Since coming out as a lesbian at the age of 16, Winterson has had a number of significant relationships. Her 1987 novel The Passion was inspired by her affair with Pat Kavanagh, her literary agent. From 1990 to 2002, Winterson was involved with BBC radio broadcaster and academic Peggy Reynolds. Since their relationship ended, Winterson has been involved with theatre director Deborah Warner and therapist Susie Orbach.
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