Fay Weldon


'She's a queen of words' CAITLIN MORAN.

Praxis Duveen is a survivor. At five years old, in 1920s England, she is still innocent, the product of an unstable mother and a flighty father who abandoned Praxis and her half-crazy sister, Hypatia. As the decades fly by, Praxis experiences many incarnations, from prostitute to rape victim, wife to adulteress and eventually becomes the accidental leader of an international women's movement.

Now, from her dingy basement apartment, where she's attempting to write a memoir, Praxis tells about the story of her remarkable journey – peppered with more than a few detours along the way…

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.

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  • Azra Čengićhas quoted4 years ago
    When she produced two girls, and not the son he waited for, he knew that he was right: she was a tainted Christian and his guilt had found him out. She was, after all, second best. He had gone out sexual slumming, and found Lucy.
  • Azra Čengićhas quoted4 years ago
    Praxis, meaning turning-point, culmination, action; orgasm; some said the Goddess herself.

    Hypatia, a learned woman: stoned to death by an irate crowd for teaching mathematics when she should have stayed modestly at home.
  • Azra Čengićhas quoted4 years ago
    Of course, said their mother, apologetically, Hypatia is the artistic one, and very sensitive. Praxis is the pretty one. She clearly valued sensitivity above prettiness.

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