Author Fay Weldon dies ‘peacefully’ as tributes pour in for ‘brilliant’ writer

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    Author Fay Weldon has died at the age of 91, her family confirmed.

    The novelist, playwright and screenwrighter's body of work includes more than 30 novels, as well short stories and plays written for television, radio and stage.

    She is best known for her award-winning books titled The Life And Loves Of A She-Devil and Praxis which cemented her name in the British literary hall of fame.

    A family statement said: "It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Fay Weldon CBE, author, essayist and playwright.

    "She died peacefully this morning January 4, 2023."

    In her latest update to fans, Weldon apologised for being "out of touch for a long time" before she explained how she recently underwent a series of bad health.

    On her website, she revealed that she had been admitted to hospital with a broken bone in her back before she was later admitted after suffering a stroke.

    Born in September 1931, Fay was raised in New Zealand as a child before she returned to the UK in her adulthood.

    She went on to read economics and psychology at the University of St Andrews in the heart of Scotland before she went on to receive a honorary doctorate from the established institution back in 1990.

    The author started her career by briefly working in the Foreign Office in London as a journalist before she moved on to worked as an advertising copywriter.

    But it didn't take long before the star found her calling in life and left her job to focus on her writing.

    She went on to publish her first novel, the Fat Woman's Joke back in 1967, before she went on to write children's books, non-fiction books in addition to newspaper articles.

    Her novels, including Down Among The Women (1971) and Female Friends (1975), explored feminist themes surrounding women's relationships with men, children, parents and each other.

    Throughout her career she also experimented with screenwriting, which included working on the hit drama series Upstairs, Downstairs which ran from 1971 to 1975.

    The show went on to win an award from the Writers Guild of American for the show's first episode which grabbed the attention of viewers all over the globe.

    In 2001, she was made CBE for her services to literature in the New Year Honours list ordered by the late Queen Elizabeth II.

    just one year later to mark her 70th birthday, the author went on to publish a memoir called Auto Da Fa before she retired, where she went on to become a professor of creative writing at Bath Spa University.

    Fans of the author has since taken to Twitter to share their heartbreak online, include The Booker Prizes official account.

    It tweeted: "We are saddened to hear that the brilliant Fay Weldon has died. As well as being shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1979, she was a judge in 1983 and delivered one of the most memorable speeches in Booker history. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.

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