Fay Weldon Books

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Fay Weldon is an award-winning English author that has written novels, plays, and essays. Born in 1931 in Birmingham, England as Franklin Birkinshaw, Weldon grew up in Christchurch. At the time, her father was a doctor plying his trade in New Zealand.

Order of She Devil Series

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1 The Life and Loves of a She Devil 1983 Description / Buy
2 Death of a She Devil 2018 Description / Buy

Order of Love & Inheritance Trilogy Series

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1 Habits of the House 2012 Description / Buy
2 Long Live the King 2013 Description / Buy
3 The New Countess 2013 Description / Buy

Order of Spoils of War Series

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1 Before the War 2016 Description / Buy
2 After the Peace 2018 Description / Buy

Order of Fay Weldon Standalone Novels

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1 The Fat Woman's Joke (Short Story) 1967 Description / Buy
2 Down Among Women 1971 Description / Buy
3 Female Friends 1974 Description / Buy
4 Remember Me 1976 Description / Buy
5 Little Sisters / Words of Advice 1977 Description / Buy
6 Praxis 1978 Description / Buy
7 Puffball 1980 Description / Buy
8 The President’s Child 1982 Description / Buy
9 The Heart Of The Country 1986 Description / Buy
10 The Shrapnel Academy 1986 Description / Buy
11 The Hearts and Lives of Men 1987 Description / Buy
12 Leader of the Band 1988 Description / Buy
13 The Cloning of Joanna May 1989 Description / Buy
14 Darcy's Utopia 1990 Description / Buy
15 Growing Rich 1992 Description / Buy
16 Life Force 1992 Description / Buy
17 A Question of Timing 1992 Description / Buy
18 Affliction 1993 Description / Buy
19 Splitting 1995 Description / Buy
20 Worst Fears 1996 Description / Buy
21 Big Women 1999 Description / Buy
22 Rhode Island Blues 2000 Description / Buy
23 The Bulgari Connection 2000 Description / Buy
24 Mantrapped 2004 Description / Buy
25 She May Not Leave 2006 Description / Buy
26 The Spa 2007 Description / Buy
27 The Stepmother's Diary 2008 Description / Buy
28 Chalcot Crescent 2009 Description / Buy
29 Kehua! 2010 Description / Buy

Order of Fay Weldon Short Stories/Novellas

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1 The Ted Dreams 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Fay Weldon Short Story Collections

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1 Watching Me, Watching You 1981 Description / Buy
2 Polaris and Other Stories 1985 Description / Buy
3 Moon over Minneapolis 1991 Description / Buy
4 Angel, All Innocence, And Other Stories 1995 Description / Buy
5 Wicked Women 1996 Description / Buy
6 A Hard Time To Be A Father 1998 Description / Buy
7 Nothing to Wear and Nowhere to Hide 2003 Description / Buy
8 Mischief 2015 Description / Buy

Order of Fay Weldon Chapbooks

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1 The Rules of Life (Short Story) 1987 Description / Buy
2 Wolf the Mechanical Dog (Short Story) 1988 Description / Buy
3 Party Puddle (Short Story) 1989 Description / Buy

Order of Fay Weldon Plays

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1 Action Replay : A Play (Short Story) 1980 Description / Buy
2 I Love My Love (Short Story) 1984 Description / Buy
3 The Reading Group (Short Story) 1999 Description / Buy
4 Flood Warning - A Play (Short Story) 2003 Description / Buy

Order of Fay Weldon Non-Fiction

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1 Letters to Alice 1984 Description / Buy
2 Rebecca West (Short Story) 1986 Description / Buy
3 Sacred Cows (Short Story) 1989 Description / Buy
4 Godless in Eden 1999 Description / Buy
5 Auto da Fay 2001 Description / Buy
6 What Makes Women Happy 2006 Description / Buy
7 Why Will No-One Publish My Novel? 2019 Description / Buy

Fay Weldon Anthologies

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1 Best for Winter 1979 Description / Buy
2 The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories 1987 Description / Buy
3 The Virago Book of Ghost Stories 1987 Description / Buy
4 Favorite Places: a Travel & Leisure Book 1989 Description / Buy
5 New Woman, New Fiction 1990 Description / Buy
6 Soho Square 1993 Description / Buy
7 The Literary Traveller 1994 Description / Buy
8 The Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy by Women 1995 Description / Buy
9 Mirror, Mirror on the Wall 1998 Description / Buy
10 Great Escapes 2008 Description / Buy
11 Great Modern Stories 2009 Description / Buy
12 Short Stories: The Thoroughly Modern Collection 2009 Description / Buy
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She was six years old when her parents’ marriage ended. For a time, Weldon lived with her father in Coromandel, though they later moved to Auckland. A former student of Christchurch Girls High School, the author was 15 when she finally came back to England. She grew distant from her father. He died in 1949. The two saw one another again shortly before he passed.

Writing wasn’t a dream that Fay Weldon cared to pursue. Her resume includes stints at South Hampstead High School and the University of St. Andrews (Scotland). A student of Psychology and Economics, Weldon had the opportunity to study under Malcolm Knox, a moral philosopher that made an impression on her because he only ever spoke to the male students.

As an adult looking to make her mark on the world, the author tried her hand at a number of jobs, including waitressing and writing pamphlets during her time as a Clerk in the Foreign Office. Weldon’s appearance had a strong influence on her education, career choices, and writing. As a child, she wanted to be small, feisty, and beautiful.

But, according to her own words, she was blonde and big-boned, nothing like the pretty women in her family. She always got the sense that her mother thought she would struggle to find a husband because of her appearance. As such, unlike other women in her community, she would have to work harder, passing her exams and finding a way to earn a living if she was to support herself.

So Fay Weldon did just that. After determining that she had a talent for writing, the author started looking for platforms that could utilize her skills. She was able to land positions at companies like Crawford’s Advertising Agency and Ogilvy, Benson, and Mather. She also wrote for television and radio.

She has been credited for her work on ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’, a landmark TV show, ‘Life for Christine’, a TV movie for which she wrote the screenplay, and the 1980 BBC adaptations of ‘Pride and Prejudice’. Her first novel was published in 1967.

She gained a reputation for creating large, plain, big-boned heroines like her. Fay Weldon saw it as her duty to bring this unseen section of the female population to the public’s attention. On the personal front, Weldon married three times. Her relationships produced four sons.

Fay Weldon Awards

The author received Man Booker Prize and Whitbread Prize nominations for ‘Praxis’ and ‘Worst Fears’. She won the Los Angeles Times Fiction Prize and the PEN Macmillan Silver Pen Award.

Fay Weldon Books into Movies

‘The Life and Loves of a She-Devil’ became a Hollywood movie called ‘She-Devil’ in 1989. It starred Roseanne Barr and Meryl Streep.

Best Fay Weldon Books

Weldon is one of the UK’s most popular writers, producing works that explore the turbulent lives of women, with some of the best books in her bibliography including:

Habits of the House: 1899 has been a poor year for Lord Robert. The Earl of Dilberne made a number of unwise gambles and the stock market did not reward him quite as he expected. He is now facing financial ruin. His entire household must come to terms with the consequences of Lord Robert’s actions, not just Arthur and his courtesan but also Rosina and her parrot, not to mention Isobel, the wife, and Grace, the Lady’s maid.

Lord Robert’s only hope is Arthur. If he can secure a rich heiress for the young man, he could transform his fortunes overnight. This is where Minnie enters the picture. The daughter of a wealthy meatpacker in Chicago, Minnie came to London to escape her ruined reputation. With the skeletons in her closet, Minnie doesn’t have much in the way of options.

Life and Loves of a She-Devil: Ruth Pratchett was somewhat content with her lot in life. She wasn’t the most attractive woman in her community. But she wasn’t ugly either. Ruth lived a simple, quiet existence, a wife and mother who spent her days keeping her respectable suburban home neat.

All that changed when discovered her husband’s affair with a pretty novelist. Now Ruth is on a rampage, determined to get her revenge on everyone who wronged her.

When Does The Next Fay Weldon book come out?

Fay Weldon doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Why Will No-One Publish My Novel? and was released on April, 1st 2019. It is the newest book in the Fay Weldon Non-Fiction.


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