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Kehua! A Ghost Story

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Rediscover the joy of Fay: A tale of murder, sex, redemption, remorse and ghosts from the 'mistress of warped suburbia'.

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Synopsis

Kehua! A Ghost Story by Fay Weldon

Your writer, in conjuring this tale of murder, adultery, incest, ghosts, redemption and remorse, takes you first to a daffodil-filled garden in Highgate, North London, where, just outside the kitchen window, something startling shimmers on the very edges of perception. Fluttering and chattering, these are our kehua - a whole multiplying flock of Maori spirits (all will be explained) goaded into wakefulness by the conversation within. Scarlet - a long-legged, skinny young woman of the new world order - has announced to Beverley - her aged grandmother - that she intends to leave home and husband for the glamorous actor, Jackson Wright - he of the vampire films. Beverley may be well on her way to her ninth decade, but she's not beyond using this intelligence to stir up a little trouble. And neither are the kehua outside the window. The sins and traumas of the past haunt us all. Call them hungry ghosts, grateful dead, dybbuks, kelpies, poltergeists, furies or kehua, we carry them with us - across continents, oceans, decades and generations. Quite how they became attached to a three-year-old white girl is the origin of your writer's tale. Suffice to say that murder is at the root of it all, that Beverley and her female bloodline carry a weighty spiritual burden and that this is the story of how they learn to live with their ghosts, or maybe how their ghosts learn to live with them -

Reviews

Wickedly stylish... bursting with intelligence and fire * Daily Telegraph * As light as a good souffle... packed with intelligent observations about manners and morals... a rich treat * Scotsman * Weldon has form when it comes to she-devilry and she knows exactly how to entrance the reader * Tatler * Marshalling those elegant, deadly, sentences - there's simply no touching Weldon as a writer * Observer * Weldon crafts beautiful characters and creates wonderful stories and Kehua! is an exceptional novel - even for her. * Sunday Express * Warmly exuberant metafiction... A warm-hearted, laugh-aloud book * Guardian * A melange of waspish satire and briskly drawn characters... Weldon can't write a boring sentence * Sunday Times * Immensely sophisticated * Independent *


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

1st September 2011

Author

Fay Weldon

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Publisher

Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books

Format

Paperback
336 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781848874602

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