Weldon, Fay Big Women

ISBN 13: 9780006550976

Big Women

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9780006550976: Big Women

A major Channel 4 tie-in, this is the story of women when they were wimmin: of that blossoming in seventies England of hope, freedom, equality and sisterhood; and of what happened next…

Big Women is the tale of Medusa, a feminist publishing house founded one balmy evening at sedate Chalcot Crescent in a flurry of argument, peace-making and naked dancing.

The novel is everything and more we expect from Fay Weldon, not just a work of literature but an energising drop into the pool of social complacency – a feisty, no-holds-barred portrait of four women’s attempts and failures to create a new life. There’s Layla, noisy, darlingish, high-profile. Alice, the academic, the philosopher, the – eventually – Glastonbury witch. Nancy: boring, sensible Nancy, the only one with any business nous. And Stephanie, the one who leaves her husband and children to embrace politics, men, other women… Their stories are intertwined with twenty years of all our lives – blissful, rage-filled, treacherous, redemptive.

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Previous reviews include:

“Weldon writes as if she were Virginia Woolf and Roseanne Arnold joined at the hip. She is literary, well-read, totally in control, sharp as a needle and off the wall.”
Mirabella

“The best woman writer in Britain.”
Woman

“Fay Weldon has talent to burn.”
New Musical Express

“Her fertility of inventions transforms the incredible into the irresistible.”
Mail on Sunday

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Fay Weldon's new novel blasts into the Brave New World which women – and their men – fought for, agonised over, and thought they would inherit.

This is the story of women when they were wimmin: of that unforgettable blossoming in seventies England of hope, freedom, equality and sisterhood; and of what happened next… The novel is everything we expect from Fay Weldon, and more: not just a work of literature but an energising leap into the pool of social complacency, a feisty, no-holds-barred portrait of four women's attempts and failures to create a new life.

There's the feminist publishing house, founded one balmy evening at sedate No. 103 Chalcot Crescent in a flurry of argument, peace-making and naked dancing.

There's Layla: noisy, darlingish, high-profile: 'I am the only right-thinking feminist there is. It's all the others who are out of step.'

And Alice, the academic, the philosopher, the – eventually – Glastonbury witch.

And Nancy, boring, sensible Nancy who is the only one with any business nous.

And Stephanie – the one who leaves her husband and children to embrace politics, men, other women…

Their stories are intertwined with twenty years of all our lives – blissful, rage-filled, treacherous, redemptive.

It is a novel, too, about money, power, pain and, definitely, Men.

Fay Weldon was born in England and raised in New Zealand. Her work is translated into most world languages. She lives in London.

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Weldon, Fay
Published by Flamingo (1998)
ISBN 10: 0006550975 ISBN 13: 9780006550976
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