LONDON (AP) — British author Faye Weldon, known for novels such as “Her Life and Love,” has died, her family said Wednesday.
Wheldon was a playwright, screenwriter, and prolific novelist who produced 30 novels, as well as short stories and plays written for television, radio, and the stage. She was one of the writers for her series Upstairs, Downstairs, a popular 1970s drama that won an award from the Writers Guild of America for the show’s first episode.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of author, essayist and playwright Fay Weldon (CBE). She passed away peacefully on the morning of January 4, 2023,” her family said. said in a statement released by the agent.
Much of Weldon’s fiction deals with issues surrounding the relationships between women and men, children, parents, and each other, including Down Among The Women (1971) and Female Friends (1975).
“Her Life and Love” was the story of an ugly woman who changed her body and life in search of revenge on her merciful husband.It was also made into a TV series and a movie starring Meryl Streep.
Her 1978 novel Praxis was a finalist for the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction.
Born in September 1931, Weldon grew up in New Zealand and returned to England as a child. She studied economics and psychology at the University of St Andrews in Scotland and worked briefly at the Foreign Office in London, where she worked as a journalist before she moved on to work as an advertising copywriter.
In 1967, he published his first novel, The Fat Woman’s Joke.
Weldon was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2001 for his services to literature.