Fay Weldon

Literary Birthday – 22 September – Fay Weldon

Fay Weldon was born 22 September 1931 and died 4 January 2023.


  1. Food. Drink. Sleep. Books. They are all drugs.
  2. Nothing happens, and nothing happens, and then everything happens.
  3. Novelists… fashioning nets to sustain and support the reader as he falls helplessly through the chaos of his own existence.
  4. Fiction stretches our sensibilities and our understanding, as mere information never can.
  5. The greatest things are accomplished by individual people, not by committees or companies.
  6. Worry less about what other people think about you, and more about what you think about them.
  7. Fortunately, there is more to life than death. There is for one thing, fiction. A thousand characters to be sent marching out into the world to divert time from its forward gallop to the terrible horizon.
  8. I am not cynical. I am just old. I know what is going to happen next.
  9. You end up as you deserve. In old age you must put up with the face, the friends, the health, and the children you have earned.
  10. Style is what’s there when you look at someone’s writing and you know that they wrote it and nobody else did.
  11. What you practice is what you manifest.
  12. One must be careful with words. Words turn probabilities into facts and by sheer force of definition translate tendencies into habits.

Fay Weldon was an English author, essayist and playwright, whose work is often associated with feminism. Weldon wrote more than 40 novels. She portrayed contemporary women trapped in situations caused by the patriarchal structure of British society. Her novels include The Life and Loves of a She Devil and Habits of the House.

Source for Image


Mogens Engelund, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 22nd September 2013