She was awarded the O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2006 Queen's New Year's Honours List for her services to literature.
In the Independent on Sunday 2006 Pink List - a list of the most influential gay men and women - she came no. 46, up from no. 61.
A lifelong lover of art, Winterson's favorite museum is the Musée de Cluny in Paris (France).
Attended Oxford University with future actress/producer Vicky Licorish. She is godmother to Licorish's two daughters, Eleanor and Cara.
Personal Quotes (5)
On desire: What you think is the heart may well be another organ.
On love: Whoever it is you fall in love with for the first time, not just love but be in love with, is the one who will always make you angry, the one you can't be logical about. It may be that you are settled in another place, it may be that you are happy, but the one who took your heart wields final power.
On change: What is the measure of love loss?
On writing: Words are your material, and if you can use them, then fight with them and wrestle them because they are alive.
On art: I think every work of art is an act of faith, or we wouldn't bother to do it. It is a message in a bottle, a shout in the dark. It's saying "I'm here and I believe that you are somewhere and that you will answer if necessary across time, not necessarily in my lifetime."