Fay Weldon’s thought-provoking portrayal of the shifting roles and personalities of one woman as she journeys from childhood to adulthood.

Abandoned by her father, raised by a mad mother and a half-mad sister, Praxis Duveen is a master of the art of survival. Her life, indeed, has been full: two marriages, both unsuccessful; a brief but profitable career as a prostitute; a little dabbling in incest; a mercy killing; and an inadvertent reign as both apostle and victim of the women’s movement.

The Booker Prize 1979
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Fay Weldon

Fay Weldon

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At the prize dinner, Fay Weldon’s speech about how badly publishers treated their writers was found so aggravating by one publisher that he walked over and punched her agent, Giles Gordon.
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