(1931 -        )


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Fay Weldon was born in Worcester, England in 1931 (or 1933). Her original name is Franklin Birkinshaw.

Her father was a doctor and her mother was a writer of commercial fiction under the pen name "Pearl Bellairs." Her parents divorced when she was five, after which her family moved to New Zealand. She lived with her mother, sister and grandmother until she started college and, as a result, grew up believing "the world was peopled by females."

She returned to England with her mother and studied economics and psychology at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.

Her actual christened name was "Franklin Birkinshaw" (something to do with her mother's interest in numerology) which she feels contributed to her being accepted at St Andrews and permitted to study economics: the school assumed she was a male student applicant. (Sounds very much like a Fay Weldon novel, doesn't it?)

In her early twenties she was briefly married to a man more than twenty years her senior. It is not clear whether she had her first son during this marriage or earlier.

Raising her son as a single mother, she looks back on her twenties as times fraught with "odd jobs and hard times." She worked on the problem page of the Daily Mirror and then as a copywriter for the Foreign Office. She then embarked on an extremely successful career as an advertising copywriter becoming famous for her slogan 'Go to work on an egg'.

"Advertising was the only thing I could do in order to earn a decent enough living. . . I did it for about eight years."

She married Roy Weldon in 1962 and had three more sons. She then went through a mid-life crisis: "I was thirty, inadequate and depressed and ignorant, and knew it." She went through psychoanalysis, which gave her the self-knowledge and courage to give up advertising and start writing. Her first novel, The Fat Woman's Joke, was published in 1967, but by then she had already written some fifty plays for radio, stage, or television, the most well-known being Upstairs, Downstairs and her adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

For the next 30 years she built a wonderfully successful career, publishing over 20 novels, collections of short stories, television movies, newspaper and magazine articles and becoming a well-known face and voice on the BBC. She and Ron divided their time between bucolic splendour in Somerset and a flat in London. Eventually they did divorce in 1994.

Fay subsequently married Nick Fox, a poet, and her writing and career continue to flourish. They live in Hamptead, London.



 Angel, all innocence, and other stories

 I love my love : a play 

 Action replay : a play 

 Words of advice 

 Polaris and other stories 

 The Shrapnel Academy 


 The president's child 


 Little sisters 

 Remember me 

 Rebecca West 

 The heart of the country 

 Growing rich 

 Wicked women : a collection of short stories 

 Moon over Minneapolis, or, Why she couldn't stay

 The cloning of Joanna May 

 Remember Me    1976

 Words of Advice 

 Praxis : A Novel 


 Watching Me, Watching You 

 The President's Child 

 Presidents Child [LARGE PRINT] 


 Vida Y Amores De Una Maligna/the Life and Loves of a She-Devil 

 Words of Advice 

 Rebecca West (Lives of Modern Women) 

 The Shrapnel Academy 

 Little Sisters (Portway Large Print) [LARGE PRINT] 

 The Shrapnel Academy 

 Heart of the Country [LARGE PRINT] 

 The Rules of Life (Harper Short Novel Series) 

 The Heart of the Country 

 The Shrapnel Academy (Magna General Series) [LARGE PRINT] 

 Polaris and Other Stories (King Penguin) 

 The Heart of the Country  Paperback (February 1990)

 Letters to Alice; On First Reading Jane Austen  Paperback (August 1990)

 The Wife's Revenge and Other Stories [LARGE PRINT]  

 Sacred Cows (Counterblasts Series) 

 Leader of the Band (King Penguin) 


 The Cloning of Joanna May 

 Down Among the Women  Paperback (July 1991)

 Moon Over Minneapolis  Paperback (1992)

 The Hearts and Lives of Men  Paperback (1992)

 The President's Child 

 Life Force  Paperback (1993) az Darcy's Utopia  Paperback (1993)

 Life Force  Paperback (February 1993)

 Female Friends  Paperback (May 1993)

 The Life and Loves of a She-Devil


 The Life and Loves of a She-Devil  Mass Market Paperback (October 1993)

 Bram Stoker's Dracula Omnibus : Dracula/the Lair of the White Worm/Dracula's

               Guest        Hardcover 1994

 Trouble; A Novel  Paperback (October 1994)

 Affliction  Paperback (1995)

 The Fat Woman's Joke  Paperback (May 1995)

 Splitting  Hardcover (June 1995)

 Splitting   Paperback (June 1996)

 Worst Fears  Paperback (June 1997)

 Wicked Women : Stories  Hardcover (June 1997)

 Nobody Likes Me!  Chaudio Munoz(Illustrator).

 Big Women  Paperback (1998)

 Big Girls Don't Cry  Hardcover (September 1998)

 A Hard Time to Be a Father  Hardcover (January 1999)

 Wicked Women  Paperback (February 1999)

 Big Girls Don't Cry  Paperback (October 1999)

 Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen  Paperback (December 1999)

 Moon Over Minneapolis  Paperback (December 1999)

 A Hard Time to Be a Father  Paperback (January 2000)

 Rhode Island Blues  Hardcover (November 30, 2000)





Young women especially have something invested in being nice people, and it's only when you have children that you realize you're not a nice person at all, but generally a selfish bully.


Worry less about what other people think about you, and more about what you think about them.


The desire for self-expression afflicts people when they feel there is something of themselves which is not getting through to the outside world.


The New Women! I could barely recognize them as being of the same sex as myself . . . .They are satiated by everything, hungry for nothing. They are what I wanted to be; they are what I worked for them to be: and now I see them, I hate them.


You end up as you deserve. In old age you must put up with the face, the friends, the health, and the children you have earned.




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