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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Flamingo (1 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007291884
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007291885
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,895,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Sparkling, sharply observing, insights delivered with a light touch that puts us in a good mood, however dark the comedy.’
Spectator

‘Weldon’s writing is seductively readable, her magic realism is never pretentious; it is understated and convincing.’
Times Literary Supplement

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• Love Among the Artists
• Leda and the Swan
• Valediction
• A Good Sound Marriage
• Santa Claus's New Clothes
• Baked Alaska
• The Pardoner

Seven brilliant stories from the hyper-real world of Weldonia, where an artist's slave can be sure she's free; where everything can be explained only by lies; where to win is always to lose.

In fact, all of human life is here, and still in amazingly good heart, considering.

"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

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By Chris PR on 29 Oct. 2014
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Not very entertaining. Certainly not upto "she devil" expectations.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Shaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 April 2012
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The first (and longest at 69pp) of these short stories, The End of the Line, concern the most dislikeable set of people I have ever come across in a book and I found this quite a slog to get through, hissing through my teeth and groaning faintly as I went, although it does have the odd wonderful put-down, as here:

Alison said, "I told him I was contemplating a sex-change operation."
"Oh?" Elaine was interested, "What to, male or female?"

Tthe next story, Run and Ask Daddy If He Has Any More Money, was equally hilarious. However, it wasn't until I reached the second part of the collection, Tales of Wicked Men, that I began to relax into Fay Weldon's very abrupt and somewhat throw-away style. Perversely, it was Wasted Lives, a more conventional story set in an unknown city (which I decided might be Kiev, or perhaps Prague) that I found particularly touching, though it ended with one of Weldon's characteristic hard-bitten dismissals of the weaker one of any couple. Love Amongst the Artists, is something of a portent of what is going to happen in a relationship, rather than what is happening now, but it is none-the-worse for that.

Tales of Wicked Children, has only two stories, and it was the second one, Valediction, which told of a family who gathered at Christmas and discussed the sale of the house they had all grown up in and loved. Several people come to view the house and the parents and children are divided on whether they should sell. Finally a decision is reached by the mother and father. In another Christmas story a family falls apart - and this needs to be read carefully because it is a nine year-old child who is the hero of the day.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
dull, hard to understand - couldn't get through even the first story 26 Jan. 2013
By Counselor Chris - Published on Amazon.com
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Every author knows that you have to grab your readers within the first few sentences or you have lost them. I was lost immediately and even though I attempted to keep going - looking for the spark I'd found in Stepmother's Diary - I never got past the first two short stories. I can't decide if I should pitch it or donate it to the library for resale. I don't think you can count on enjoying the product just because you see the author's name under the title
Engagingly funny and different 30 Jun. 2013
By PatA - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found each and every one of these short stories fascinating. I liked the plot twists and unusual writing style. So many of the books out now have simple formulaic plots (second chances, redemption), which make these unusual stories all the more refreshing and amusing. Fay Weldon has a pragmatic view of human nature that rang true yet funny to me. I loved it!
Interesting approach to women 10 May 2014
By M. P. Wallace - Published on Amazon.com
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Interesting, well written but not her best work. Some stories were intriguing but most were ho-hum. Try her other books.
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Fabulous 21 July 2013
By Melissa M. - Published on Amazon.com
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Compelling. Fay Weldon is in top form as she has you in her grip. Full of unexpected surprises. Buy it!
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