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“Man now controls the best weapon woman ever had, the body he so envied, its very moods and subtleties. He can become her, suck her up, subsume her.”--Death of a She Devil (2017) by Fay Weldon

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Fay Weldon (1931 – 2023) was a British author, essayist and playwright best-known as the writer of The Life and Loves of a She-Devil (1983). Her protagonists are often fat women and ugly women who are fighting in the war of the sexes.


Literary works


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She Devil

Love and Inheritance

  • Habits of the House (2012)
  • Long Live the King (2013)
  • The New Countess (2013)
  • Love and Inheritance Trilogy (2013) – Omnibus

Spoils of War

  • Before the War (2017)
  • After the Peace (2018)

The Chapbooks

  • The Rules of Life (1987)
  • Wolf the Mechanical Dog (1988)
  • The Roots of Violence (1989)
  • Party Puddle (1989)



  • Madame Bovary: Breakfast with Emma (2003)
  • Flood Warning (2003)
  • The Four Alice Bakers (1999)
  • The Reading Group (1999)
  • Tess of The D’urbervilles (1992)
  • Knightley’s State (1990)
  • Someone Like You (1989)
  • Nana (1988)
  • Hole in the Top Of The World (1987)
  • A Dolls House (1988)
  • Jane Eyre, an adaptation of the novel by Charlotte Brontë, first performed 1986 (The Playhouse Theatre, London)
  • After The Prize (1981)
  • I Love My Love (1981)
  • Action Replay - A Play (1980), first performed 1979 (Birmingham Repertory Studio Theatre);<ref>Published by A Samuel French, Acting Edition.</ref>
  • Mr. Director (1977)
  • Moving House (1976)
  • Friends (1975)
  • Words of Advice (1970)
  • Permanence (1969)
  • Mixed Doubles (1969)
  • The Last Word? (1967)

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Anthologies containing stories by Fay Weldon

  • The 4th Bumper Book of Ghost Stories (1980)
  • The Literary Ghost (1991)
  • The Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy by Women (1995)
  • The Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1996)
  • Mistresses of the Dark (1998)
  • The Mammoth Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1998)
  • Crossing the Border (1998)
  • The Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories (2000)

Collections and Omnibus

The Collected Novels Volume Two (2018)

  • The Collected Novels Volume Three (2018)

Short stories and novellas

  • "Angel, All Innocence" (1977) – short story
  • "Weekend" (1978) – short story
  • "Spirit of the House" (1980) – short story
  • "Watching Me, Watching You" (1981) – short story
  • "Down the Clinical Disco" (1985) – short story
  • "A Good Sound Marriage" (US Journal, 1991) – short story
  • The Ted Dreams (2014) – novella

Television series (writer)

In theory

Linking in at time of death

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