“All the characteristics of Weldon’s fictionstinging wit, jaunty prose, memorable bon motsare present in this kaleidoscope peregrination through six decades of picaresque adventures. . . . [Weldon’s] own life has been far more strange and dramatic than any novel could credibly convey.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Auto da Fay
978-0-8021-4142-2 • $14.00 • Paperback • June 2004
An autobiography from a wickedly funny writer who never fails to amuse
From life as a poor unwed mother in London to becoming one of England’s bestselling authors and most popular exports, Fay Weldon has crammed more than most into her years. Wife, lover, playwright, novelist, feminist, antifeminist, winer and dinerFay leads us through her peripatetic life with barely a role she can’t illuminate.
Born Franklin Birkinshaw in 1931, Fay spent most of her youth in New Zealand. With her glamorous father, a philandering doctor, generally absent, Fay’s intrepid mother and bohemian grandmother raised her along with her sister, Jane. Brought up among women, Fay found men a mystery until the swinging sixties in London where she gradually became a central figure among the writers, artists, and thinkers. She has maintained this unique position through four turbulent decades. At first, she managed to scrape along, penning winning advertising slogans, before she began to write fiction. As this memoir comes to a close, we witness the stirring of her first novel.
Riddled with Weldon’s customarily fierce opinions, this frank and absorbing memoir is vintage Fay. An icon to many, a thorn in the flesh to others, she has never failed to excite, madden, or interest. With this engaging autobiography, she has finally decided to turn her authorial wit and keen eye on . . . herself.