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Polaris
01 May 2014 * EBOOK * £4.99 * 9781781858042

Twelve tales of sexual politics and marital and political warfare, by turns funny, tragic, macabre, and bittersweet.

Fiction / FA (Fiction)
Extent: 240 pages
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PolarisFay Weldon

In 'Christmas Lists – A Seasonal Story,' the endless lists created by a suburban couple become a metaphor for marriage, family, and enduring love. In 'Delights of France or Horrors of the Road,' a woman goes to a psychiatrist to cure her sudden, inexplicable paralysis, unaware that her constant bragging about her brilliant physicist husband conceals a raging fury. 'Redundant! or the Wife's Revenge' takes place in a plastic surgery ward, where Fay Weldon finds an ironic humor. The title story, Polaris, introduces newlyweds Meg and Timmy, whose union is tested when Timmy is called away to naval duty and Meg discovers a shocking secret.

Now in her ninth decade, Fay Weldon is one of the foremost chroniclers of our time, a novelist who spoke to an entire generation of women by daring to say the things that no one else would. Her work ranges over novels, short stories, children's books, nonfiction, journalism, television, radio, and the stage. She was awarded a CBE in 2001.

After hard times and odd jobs as a lone parent, Fay Weldon became one of the top advertising copywriters of her generation. She moved to TV drama (writing the pilot episode of the iconic series Upstairs Downstairs) then turned to novels – including the classic The Life and Loves of a She Devil and The Cloning of Joanna May. Fay's sequence of novels about the Dilberne family, which encompasses her Love and Inheritance trilogy and Before the War, draws to a close with this final instalment, After the Peace. Fay's been made a CBE for services to literature and she's currently a Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.

'Fay Weldon is a national treasure.', Literary Review

'Wickedly stylish. Bursting with intelligence and fire.', Daily Telegraph

'Prolific and provocative, Weldon shines brightest in the league table of British women novelists.', Time Out

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