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Auto da Fay: A Memoir by Fay Weldon
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0802141420, Paperback)
Auto da Fayis an autobiography from a wickedly funny writer who never fails to amuse. Fay Weldon, one of England's best selling and most celebrated authors, looks back on her life as wife, lover, playwright, novelist, feminist, antifeminist, and bon vivant in this frank and funny memoir. Born Franklin Birkinshaw in 1931, Fay spent her youth in New Zealand with her sister, mother, and grandmother before moving to England. Later Fay had to scrape by as an unwed mother in London, trying marriage, then advertising, and then writing on her own. She closes her memoir as she drops what will be her first success, a television play, into a mailbox on her way to the hospital to give birth. 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.
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"Fay Weldon, one of the pre-eminent writers of our times, has crammed more than most into her years. From the 1930s to the 2000s, Weldon has seen and lived it all. As a child in New Zealand, as young and poor in London, as unmarried mother, as wife, lover, playwright, novelist, feminist, anti-feminist, spag-bol-cook, winer-and-diner, there are few waterfronts that she hasn't covered, few battles she hasn't fought." "Brought up by women - her intrepid mother, grandmother and sister - men were a mystery until 1960s London introduced her to the louche, the hopeless, and the golden-footed. A central figure among the Bohemian writers, artists, thinkers and poets of the sixties, she has maintained this unique position through four turbulent decades. An icon to many, a thorn-in-the-flesh to others, she has never failed to excite, madden, or interest. Her life and times cover love, sex, babies, blokes, poverty, work, politics, and not a few Very Famous Names." "Moving from New Zealand to London to Scotland, from the UK to points east and west, Weldon has by turns relished, rejected, and often defined the way of life that makes us what we are today."--BOOK JACKET.
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