Chalcot Crescent Hardcover – 1 Sep 2009
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"* 'Fay Weldon is a national treasure.' - Literary Review * 'Prolific and provocative, Fay Weldon shines brightest in the league table of British women novelists' - Time Out * 'elegant, deadly... there's simply no touching Weldon as a writer' - Observer * 'Weldon's style, that virtuoso of intelligence and insinuating garrulousness, achieves a kind of ideal equilibrium between therapy and gossip' - The Times"
About the Author
Fay Weldon was brought up in New Zealand. She read Economics and Psychology at the University of St Andrews, and worked briefly for the Foreign Office in London. She later began to write full-time. She received an honorary doctorate from the University of St Andrews in 1990. In 2001 she was awarded a CBE. She lives in Dorset with her husband, the poet Nick Fox.
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Frances is trying to hide from the bailiffs who want to take her Primrose Hill house in lieu of her debts. All the banks have collapsed during the Crunch (sound familiar?!) which was followed by the Shock, the false Recovery and then in 2013 the Bite. No-one has any money, except maybe the sinister-sounding government, who have sealed up everyone's back doors, and have CCTV on every street corner. Food is scarce and everyone lives off National Meat Loaf, which may (or may not) have something to do with government scientists and human meat...Read more ›
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enjoyable read. Found myself smiling and sometimes laughing out loud at the quirky plot.Published 6 months ago by delia feighan
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