Author(s): Fay Weldon
In Fay Weldon's 1983 classic, The Life and Loves of a She Devil, women fought men for power and won. In 2017, men take the ultimate step to get their power back... Ruth Patchett, the original She Devil, is now eighty-four and keen to retire. But who can take up her mantle? Enter Ruth's grandson Tyler, a confident twenty-something: beautiful, resentful and unemployed. Tyler won't be satisfied until he can transition into the ultimate symbol of power and status. A woman.
'A kind of coda to a brilliant literary career ... The satire is neat and very funny ... A politically incorrect novel that is at the same time deliberately indecorous in a way that will make anyone feel like a prude if they object to a comedy as swaggering in its confidence and as subtle in its observation as this ... Obviously the work of a genius' Sydney Morning Herald. 'I suspect Weldon couldn't care less about political correctness ... for her, it's all literary mischief' i newspaper. 'Fay Weldon's new novel is certain to be a bestseller' Catholic Herald. 'A delight to read. Each chapter has a hilarious heading, revealing Weldon's affinity with the pre-Romantic tradition of Sterne and Swift' Irish Times. 'Scalpel-sharp and laceratingly funny' Good Housekeeping. 'Weldon's amused defiance is irresistible' Mail on Sunday. 'It's good to have Fay Weldon back, poking the hornet's nest of modern feminism with her sly eye' Daily Express. 'A bawdy controversial read' Woman & Home. 'Fay has been incredibly vocal about transgender issues, and her new book features her trademark black humour - and some shocking twists' Closer. 'A brilliant black comedy' Mail on Sunday Event magazine. 'One of our very best writers' The Sunday Times. 'Funny, waspish and acute ... a fierce retrospective on the achievements of the women's movement' The Times. 'She's a queen of words. A tribal elder' Caitlin Moran. 'Elegantly written, sharply perceptive and fantastically good fun' Daily Mail.
Fay Weldon is now recognized as one of our most important and distinctive literary voices. She published her first novel, A Fat Woman's Joke, in 1976, and has gone on to write over thirty works. In 2001, she received a CBE for services to literature.