In Fay Weldon's 1983 classic, The Life and Loves of a She Devil, women fought men for power and won. But in 2018, the fight continues on a new front...
Ruth Patchett, the original She Devil, is eighty-four and keen to retire. She has worked hard to make the world as she wants it: women triumphant, men submissive. Now she is tired. Her business is done. The mantle of power and influence is up for grabs.
Who can take up the role? Valerie Valeria, hot-shot millennial and Ruth's PA, is ready and eager to inherit...
Head of Zeus * Fiction
31 Mar 2017 * 352pp * £6.99 * 9781784979584
'Elegantly written, sharply perceptive and fantastically good fun'
'She's a queen of words. A tribal elder'
'Funny, waspish and acute ... A fierce retrospective on the achievements of the women's movement - and its cost - and a defiant hurrah for grumpy old women'
'One of our very best writers'
The Sunday Times
'A brilliant black comedy'
Mail on Sunday Event magazine
'Fay has been incredibly vocal about transgender issues, and her new book features her trademark black humour - and some shocking twists'
'A bawdy controversial read'
Woman and Home
'It's good to have Fay Weldon back, poking the hornet's nest of modern feminism with her sly eye'
'Weldon's amused defiance is irresistible'
Mail on Sunday
'Scalpel-sharp and laceratingly funny'
'A delight to read. Each chapter has a hilarious heading, revealing Weldon's affinity with the pre-Romantic tradition of Sterne and Swift'
'Fay Weldon's new novel is certain to be a bestseller'
'I suspect Weldon couldn't care less about political correctness ... for her, it's all literary mischief'
'A kind of coda to a brilliant literary career ... The satire is neat and very funny ... A politically incorrect novel that is at the same time deliberately indecorous in a way that will make anyone feel like a prude if they object to a comedy as swaggering in its confidence and as subtle in its observation as this ... Obviously the work of a genius'
Sydney Morning Herald
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.