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The 12 tales in this book vary in setting from a Polaris base in Scotland to a frail remnant of hippy "happiness" in Tasmania, and in subject-matter from male gynaecologists' interference with female organs to a rich woman confessing to the night sea that she has lied and cheated and "murdered". ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published 1994 by Sceptre
(first published 1985)
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The best collection of Fay Weldon short stories I have read. The title story is very clever. After reading three pages, you are sure you know exactly what is going to happen... he is serving on a nuclear submarine, she is left behind to look after the house, obvious feminist morals to be extracted. But all is not as simple as it seems. The other stories are good too.
Fantastic collection of short stories: some grotesque characters beautifully sketched, different voices, plots that unfold and surprise. Some feel dated ('horrors of the road' for example) but 'redundant!', a tale of sexual mores, could have been written yesterday. 'Christmas lists' becomes more and more frantic as the family dynamics become more complicated, and 'birthday!' has a lovely sting in the tail. Worth reading. ...more
Fay Weldon CBE is an English author, essayist and playwright, whose work has been associated with feminism. In her fiction, Weldon typically portrays contemporary women who find themselves trapped in oppressive situations caused by the patriarchal structure of British society.
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