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Mischief Fay Weldon Selects Her Best Short Stories by Fay Weldon
  

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One of Britian's best loved writers chooses her best short stories from her career at the forefront of contemporary fiction.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Collected here are twenty-one of Fay Weldon’s short stories – chosen by her – and spanning her fifty-year writing career. The pieces culminate with a new novella, The Ted Dreams, and, grouped in decades, they show Weldon’s facility as a storyteller, but also chart changes in society and attitudes, particularly where women’s roles and relationships are concerned Candid, witty, incisive, the collection includes several that, as their author says, read like ‘concentrated mini novels’, and many have what might be called an everyday supernatural element – the apparently ordinary perhaps not quite what it seems. Highlights include Weekend, from the 1970s, which follows a family to their weekend cottage, and documents the demands and expectations that fall on the uncomplaining wife and mother – aspirational living, but at a cost; and Lily Bart’s Hat Shop, (1990s), in which Edith Wharton’s heroine sets up a successful millinery business employing Emma Bovary and Anna Karenina
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Mischief Fay Weldon Selects Her Best Short Stories by Fay Weldon

'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.

Reviews

'One of the great lionesses of modern English literature.'
Harper's Bazaar.

'A sparkling river of wit.'
Mail on Sunday

'Weldon's stories pull no punches.
Independent on Sunday

About the Author

Fay Weldon

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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Fellow novelist SOPHIE KING on FAY WELDON

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.

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Publication date

12th February 2015

Author

Fay Weldon

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Publisher

Head of Zeus

Format

Hardback
400 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Short Story Collections

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Short stories

ISBN

9781784081027

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