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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
|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
|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
|1||Before the War||2016||Description / Buy|
|2||After the Peace||2018||Description / Buy|
Order of Fay Weldon Standalone Novels
|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
|1||The Ted Dreams||2014||Description / Buy|
Order of Fay Weldon Short Story Collections
|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
|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
|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
|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|
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.