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'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.
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
'One of the great lionesses of modern English literature.'
'A sparkling river of wit.'
Mail on Sunday
'Weldon's stories pull no punches.
Independent on Sunday
Publication date: 12/02/2015
Publisher: Head of Zeus
|Publication date:||12th February 2015|
|Publisher:||Head of Zeus|
|Genres:||Literary Fiction, Shorter Reads,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Short stories,|
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 ...More About Fay Weldon