Bio: Fay Weldon was born in England in 1933. Her father was a doctor and her mother a novelist who wrote under the pen name "Pearl Bellaris." Her parents separated when Weldon was five years old, and she moved with her mother and sister to New Zealand. Weldon returned to the United Kingdom to pursue a degree in psychology and economics at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Weldon was briefly married to an older man, a union which produced one son. She worked in the advertising industry to support herself and her son, and was remarried in 1962.
After a mid-life crisis, Weldon underwent psychotherapy, an experience she credits with giving her the courage to quit her job in advertising and become a writer. She wrote over fifty plays for radio, television and theater before publishing her first novel, The Fat Woman's Joke, in 1967. Since then, she has written short story collections, television scripts, magazine and newspaper articles and over twenty novels. The announcement of her upcoming novel, The Bulgari Connection, commissioned by the Italian jeweler Bulgari, recently caused a stir as many speculated it was a possible harbinger of a new form of commercial product placement.
Ruth is, by her own admission, an unlucky woman. Ungainly, unattractive, unassertive, she trudges through life bowed under the weight of a loveless marriage to a brazen, cheating, indifferent man named Bobbo. Although she has patiently suffered through the small and not-so-small indignities occasioned by sharing a life with the uncaring Bobbo, as The Life and Loves of a She-Devil opens, Ruth's patience is wearing thin, and the pain and resentment she has been swallowing all these years are final... more info>>