Novelist, playwright and screenwriter
Fay was brought up in New Zealand and returned to the United Kingdom when she was fifteen. She read Economics and Psychology at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, and worked briefly for the Foreign Office in London, then as a journalist, and then as an advertising copywriter. She later gave up her career in advertising, and began to write full-time.
Her first novel, The Fat Woman’s Joke, was published in 1967. She was Chair of the Judges for the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1983, and received numerous honorary doctorates. Fay Weldon’s work includes over thirty novels, seven collections of short stories, several children’s books, non-fiction books, magazine articles and a number of plays written for television, radio and the stage, including the pilot episode for the television series Upstairs Downstairs. Her latest novel is Death of a She Devil, a sequel to her best-selling The Life and Loves of a She Devil. Fay is a Professor of creative writing at Bath Spa University.