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Fay Weldon is one of Britain's best loved and most respected authors. Novelist, playwright and screenwriter Fay Weldon was born on 22 September 1931. She was brought up in New Zealand and returned to the United Kingdom when she was ten. She read Economics and Psychology at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, and worked briefly for the Foreign Office in London, then as a journalist, before beginning a successful career as an advertising copywriter. She gave up her career in advertising, and began to write full-time. Her first novel, The Fat Woman's Joke, was published in 1967. Fay Weldon is a former member of both the Arts Council literary panel and the film and video panel of Greater London Arts. She was Chair of the Judges for the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1983, and received an honorary doctorate from the University of St Andrews in 1990. She was awarded a CBE in 2001. She lives in Dorset with her husband, the poet Nick Fox.
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Fay Weldon got me through my teenage years and my twenties. I don't know what I would have done without her naughty, feisty heroines. I normally prefer the close third person narrative but her authorial voice is so wicked that it has a delicious character in its own right.
Sequel to The Life and Loves of a She Devil. Lewis is a new kind of 'heroine'. He's an ultra-confident, twenty-something man. But he won't be satisfied with his life until he can transition into the ultimate symbol of power and status: a woman...
'The women of the world gave up romance, subservience and submission, and once empowered, took to hard work, truth and reality. Much good has it done them.' Ruth Patchett, the original She Devil, is now eighty-four and keen to retire. But who can take up her mantle? Enter Tyler Patchett, our new kind of heroine and Ruth's grandson. He's an ultra-confident, twenty-three-year-old man: beautiful, resentful and unemployed. In Fay Weldon's 1983 classic, The Life and Loves of a She Devil, women fought men for power and won. In 2017, men take a decisive step to get their power back...
'She's a Queen of Words' CAITLIN MORAN. 'One of the great lionesses of modern English literature' HARPER'S BAZAAR. 'Readable, articulate and fascinating' THE SCOTSMAN. 'Outrageously funny' DAILY EXPRESS. 'Sharp, witty, incisive' THE TIMES. 'Wise, knowing, forthright' INDEPENDENT. Reviewers have been describing Fay Weldon's inimitable voice for years. Now, here is Fay Weldon in her own words. Choosing and and introducing twenty-one of her favourite short stories written throughout her fifty year career as one of Britain's foremost novelists. Included as a bonus is a new novella, The Ted Dreams, a ghost story for the age of cyber culture, big pharma, and surveillance.
November 2013 Book of the Month. Sadly the final instalment of the upstairs/downstairs romp in Dilbert Court, Hampshire. I say sadly only because there are no more to look forward to. It’s 1905 and Edward VII wishes to spend a shooting weekend in the country. Dilbert Court must be spruced up. That is the underlying theme that runs throughout this wonderful tale of scandal, infidelity, misunderstandings and even kidnapping. If you are a Downton Abbey fan this trilogy is an absolute must. Do start at the beginning and learn to love the characters. It ends with a surprising twist at the Royal shooting party and getting there is the most enormous fun. Highly recommended. The Love & Inheritance series: 1. The Habits of the House 2. Long Live the King 3. The New Countess
1902: London Society is in a frenzy of anticipation for the coronation of the new king, Edward VII. The Earl and Countess of Dilberne are caught up in the lavish preparations, yet Lady Isobel still has ample time to fret. Her sixteen-year-old niece, Adela, tragically orphaned, has run off with a troupe of fake spiritualists; her plain yet clever daughter, Rosina, is threatening to elope to Australia - of all places - and her new daughter-in-law is pregnant with a potential heir, yet still completely untrained in the particular ways of the English aristocracy. With her trademark joie de vivre, Fay Weldon once again draws her readers into the lives and loves of the aristocratic Dilberne family, as they embrace not only a new century, but a new generation - a generation with somewhat radical views...
Aimed squarely at fans of Downton Abbey this is a pitch-perfect, witty and fun romp of life above and below stairs and an elegy to the last days of aristocracy and Empire. Set in 1899 this is the first of a trilogy and did you know that Fay Weldon was a writer on the pilot episode of the original Upstairs Downstairs? We think it shows in the research that has been used to great effect. Read a free Opening Extract…Go on, you know you want to. The Love & Inheritance series: 1. The Habits of the House 2. Long Live the King 3. The New Countess
Aimed squarely at fans of Downton Abbey this is a pitch-perfect, witty and fun romp of life above and below stairs and an elegy to the last days of aristocracy and Empire. Set in 1899 this is the first of a trilogy and did you know that Fay Weldon was a writer on the pilot episode of the original Upstairs Downstairs? We think it shows in the research that has been used to great effect. Read a free Opening Extract…Go on, you know you want to. August 2012 Book of the Month.
Rediscover the joy of Fay: A tale of murder, sex, redemption, remorse and ghosts from the 'mistress of warped suburbia'.
September 2010 Good Housekeeping selection. Kehua! is a gripping tale of a young woman who flees New Zealand in the wake of a murder and finds herself haunted by a Maori ghost.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 11 December 2008. A story not of a wicked stepmother but more a wicked stepdaughter. Fay Weldon gets right to the heart of this dysfunctional family, making the hairs stand up on the back of your neck as you read and wait for the inevitable deterioration of relationships. Gripping and intoxicating stuff.
Appeared on “Hay-on-Sky” 24 May. Once one of our most respected authors but her work has tailed off over the last few years. Well now she is back on form with a group of high-powered women discussing their lives while soaking up the luxury in an expensive health spa. Lots of time to talk and share secrets.Comparison: Beryl Bainbridge, Wendy Perriam, Emma Tennant.
The new novel from one of Britain’s best loved writers. Witty compassionate and casually libidinous The Spa Decameron is a real return to form for Fay Weldon.
A provocative view of modern society weaved into a tale of explosive love and, perhaps, even, black magic. Scandalous Eleanor Darcy, wild young wife of a world-famous economist, sketches her vision of Utopia to two journalists, Hugo Vansitart and Valarie Jones. In glorious detail, she describes an earthly paradise of peace, love and technological progress where sex is plentiful and money does not exist. Such is Eleanor's charisma that, to their own astonishment, Hugo and Valerie abandon their families and set up home together om a Holiday Inn.
At 6.30pm one Thursday, Natalie Harris's world fell apart when she discovered her husband, Harry Harris, had eloped with Miss Eddon Gurney 1978. Natalie is utterly abandoned in the heart of the country, but then she meets Sonia and her life is changed forever. From the bestselling author of The Lives and Loves of a She-Devil and The Cloning of Joanna May.
Alice is an eighteen-year-old student and aspiring novelist with green spiky hair, a child of the modern age who recoils at the idea of reading Jane Austen. In a sequence of letters reminiscent of Jane Austen's to her own neice, 'aunt' Fay examines the rewards of such study. Not only is her correspondence a revealing tribute to a great writer - it is also an original and rewarding exploration of the craft of fiction itself.
Ruth Patchett never thought of herself as particularly devilish. Rather the opposite in fact - simply a tall, not terribly attractive woman living a quiet life as a wife and mother in a respectable suburb. But when she discovers that her husband is having a passionate affair with the lovely romantic novelist Mary Fisher, she is so seized by envy that she becomes truly diabolic. Within weeks she has burnt down the family home, collected the insurance, made love to the local drunk and embarked on a course of destruction and revenge. A blackly comic satire of the war of the sexes, THE LIFE AND LOVES OF A SHE DEVIL is the fantasy of the wronged woman made real.
PRAXIS is a modern classic: the portrait of a woman set in time, yet timeless. We see her first as the innocent Praxis Duveen, aged five; watch her, as the men in her life come and go, through many drastic changes in fortune and circumstance. Until, from a prison both psychological and real, she emerges as Patty Fletcher, considered as bad as a woman can be and yet her own mistress.