Fay Weldon

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Appearing with Gerard Casey on British television discussion programme After Dark in 1997

Fay Weldon, CBE, FRSL (born Franklin Birkinshaw on 22 September 1931) is an English novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist. Her best-known work may be her novel The Life and Loves of a She-Devil, filmed as She-Devil.


  • Go to work on an egg.
    • Advertising slogan originated by the Mather & Crowther agency for the British Egg Marketing Board, and used from 1957. [1]
    • Fay Weldon wrote to Nigel Rees in 1981: "I was certainly in charge of copy [at Mather & Crowther] at the time…Who invented it, it would be hard to say. It is perfectly possible, indeed probable, that I put those six particular words together in that particular order but I would not swear to it." (The "Quote…Unquote" Newsletter, July 1992, p. 2).
  • Fortunately, there is more to life than death. There is for one thing, fiction. A thousand thousand characters to be sent marching out into the world to divert time from its forward gallop to the terrible horizon.
    • Down Among the Women (Harmondsworth: Penguin, [1971] 1973) p. 172.
  • The New Women! I could barely recognize them as being of the same sex as myself…They are satiated by everything, hungry for nothing. They are what I wanted to be; they are what I worked for them to be: and now I see them, I hate them.
    • Praxis (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1978) p. 9.
  • Young women especially have something invested in being nice people, and it's only when you have children that you realise you’re not a nice person at all, but generally a selfish bully.
  • Widows tend either to fade away when husbands die, committing emotional suttee, or else find that a new life burgeons. Here in Christchurch, a lot of burgeoning goes on.
  • I like sex. I've had feedback but men will feed you back anything, won't they?
    • "This much I know: Fay Weldon", The Observer Magazine, August 30, 2009.
  • One sort of believes in recycling. But one believes in it as a kind of palliative to the gods.
    • "This much I know: Fay Weldon", The Observer Magazine, August 30, 2009.
  • I wonder if my shrink (sorry, psychiatrist) was a woman not a man I'd be in a better or worse state?
    • The Heart of the Country (1987)
  • Nothing happens, and nothing happens, and then everything happens.
    • Life Force (1992) [1]


  1. Kakutani, Michiko (1992-02-07). "Books of The Times; Fallout From a Multitude of Liaisons". New York Times. 

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