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  • Habits of the House | Fay Weldon

    Habits of the House

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Fay Weldon
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
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    As the Season of 1899 comes to an end, the world is poised on the brink of profound, irrevocable change. The Earl of Dilberne is facing serious financial concerns. The ripple effects spread to everyone in the household: Lord Robert, who has gambled unwisely on the stock market and seeks a place in the Cabinet; his unmarried children, Arthur, who keeps a courtesan, and Rosina, who keeps a parrot in her bedroom; Lord Robert’s wife, Isobel, who orders the affairs of the household in Belgrave Square; and Grace, the lady’s maid who orders the life of her mistress.

  • Long Live the King | Fay Weldon

    Long Live the King

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Fay Weldon
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
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    As 1901 comes to an end, there is much to be grateful for: The Dilberne fortune has been restored, and the grand Dilberne Court, with its 100 rooms, has been saved. Lord Robert's son, Arthur, is happily married to Chicago heiress, Minnie, who is pregnant and trying to come to terms with her new role as lady of the manor, and her charming but controlling mother-in-law, Lady Isobel. As Lord Robert and Lady Isobel get caught up in the preparations for the coronation of Edward VII, they debate the future of their recently orphaned niece, Adela.

  • Growing Rich: A Novel | Fay Weldon

    Growing Rich: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Fay Weldon
    • Narrated By Caroline Shaffer
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    Bernard Bellamy has done a deal. He has sold out to the devil, in all of its forms. In return, he is promised that all his wishes will be granted, all his desires fulfilled. One of them, young Carmen Wedmore, is proving to be quite a challenge.

  • Death of a She Devil | Fay Weldon

    Death of a She Devil

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Fay Weldon
    • Narrated By Jane Slavin
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    In Fay Weldon's 1983 classic, The Life and Loves of a She Devil, women fought men for power and won. In 2017 men take the ultimate step to get their power back. Ruth Patchett, the original 'She Devil,' is now 84 and keen to retire. But who can take up her mantle? Enter Ruth's grandson Tyler, a confident 20-something: beautiful, resentful and unemployed. Tyler won't be satisfied until he can transition into the ultimate symbol of power and status. A woman.

  • The New Countess | Fay Weldon

    The New Countess

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Fay Weldon
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
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    England, 1903. Lord Robert and Lady Isobel Dilberne and the entire grand estate, with its hundred rooms, is busy planning for a visit from Edward VII and Queen Alexandra just a few months a way. Preparations are elaborate and exhaustive: the menus and fashions must be just so, and so must James, the new heir and son of Arthur Dilberne and Chicago heiress, Minnie O'Brien. But there are problems. Little James is being reared to Lady Isobel's tastes, not Minnie's. And Mrs. O'Brien is visiting from America and causing trouble.

  • The Life and Loves of a She-Devil | Fay Weldon

    The Life and Loves of a She-Devil

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Fay Weldon
    • Narrated By Gemma Dawson
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    In New York Magazine, Rhoda Koenig calls The Life and Loves of a She-Devil, "...a novel of blazingly hot revenge, one that amply illustrates the saying about heaven having no rage like love turned to hate, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned."

  • Chalcot Crescent | Fay Weldon

    Chalcot Crescent

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Fay Weldon
    • Narrated By Carole Boyd
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    It’s 2013, and 80-year-old Frances (has-been writer) is sitting on the stairs of No.3 Chalcot Crescent, Primrose Hill, listening to the debt collectors pounding on her front door. From this house she’s witnessed five decades of world history. While she waits for the bailiffs to give up and leave, Frances writes. She writes about the boyfriends she borrowed and the husband she stole from Fay, about her daughters and their children. The problem is that fact and fiction are blurring in Frances’s mind.

  • Mischief | Fay Weldon

    Mischief

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Fay Weldon
    • Narrated By Julia Franklin
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    Waspish, wise, and wickedly witty, this is a collection to treasure forever. Reviewers have been describing Fay Weldon's inimitable voice for years. Now, here is Fay Weldon in her own words, selecting and introducing her favourite short stories from across her career as one of Britain's foremost contemporary novelists.

  • The American Journey of Barack Obama | Edward M. Kennedy (foreword),Gay Talese,Charles Johnson,Andrei Codrescu,Fay Weldon,Bob Greene

    The American Journey of Barack Obama

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Edward M. Kennedy (foreword), Gay Talese, Charles Johnson, and others
    • Narrated By Richard Allen
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    For decades Americans have turned to LIFE magazine to see, understand, and remember the most important events and people of our time. The magazine now focuses its lens on Barack Obama. This book includes a Foreword by the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy and original essays by some of our finest writers, including Gay Talese, Charles Johnson, Melissa Fay Greene, Andrei Codrescu, Fay Weldon, Richard Norton Smith, Bob Greene, and several others.

  • Letters to Alice: On First Reading Jane Austen | Fay Weldon

    Letters to Alice: On First Reading Jane Austen

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Fay Weldon
    • Narrated By Lesley Parkin
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    Inspired by a series of instructive letters written by Austen to a novel-writing niece, Letters to Alice is an epistolary novel in which an important modern writer responds to her niece's complaint that Jane Austen is boring and irrelevant. By turns passionate and ironic, "Aunt Fay" makes Alice think - not only about books and literature, but also life and culture.

  • Down Among the Women | Fay Weldon

    Down Among the Women

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Fay Weldon
    • Narrated By Gemma Dawson
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    Respectable wife, unmarried mother, divorcee, femme fatale - these are roles that society demands from Scarlet, Jocelyn, Helen, Susan and Audrey. But things do not slot neatly into pigeon holes, and as the women negotiate around the events in their lives, they discover their real selves.

  • The Hearts and Lives of Men: A Novel | Fay Weldon

    The Hearts and Lives of Men: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Fay Weldon
    • Narrated By Michelle Ford
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    The witty, mischievous and supremely artful Fay Weldon announces on the first page of The Hearts and Lives of Men that she has written a love story and give away its ending - happy. It is a love story, though, with all the obstacles, both devilish and divine - a tale of innocence corrupted and selfishness reformed. Helen Lally is 22, the stunning daughter of an impoverished artist whose fame and fortune will soon be made. Woe to her for catching the eye of Clifford Wexford, a 35-year-old art dealer, rapaciously ambitious, eminently eligible and careless of all lives but his town.

  • The Life and Loves of a She-Devil | Fay Weldon

    The Life and Loves of a She-Devil

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Fay Weldon
    • Narrated By Patricia Hodge
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    When Ruth Pratchett discovers her husband is having a passionate affair with the lovely romantic novelist Mary Fisher, she is so seized by envy she becomes truly diabolic, embarking on a course of destruction which brings those around her their just deserts and herself an amazing reward. This is the fantasy of the wronged woman made real: wild, funny, true.

  • The Spa Decameron | Fay Weldon

    The Spa Decameron

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Fay Weldon
    • Narrated By Rula Lenska
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    Ten high achieving ladies are gathered together in the week between Christmas and the New Year, at the expensive Castle Spa, seeking, through Botox, aromatherapy and general all round pampering, a new beginning to their lives.

  • The Fat Woman's Joke: A Novel | Fay Weldon

    The Fat Woman's Joke: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Fay Weldon
    • Narrated By Gemma Dawson
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    Esther Wells goes on a diet and the scales fall from her eyes. Depriving themselves of fatty foods, both husband and wife have new perspectives on each other, and the process is one of slow destruction of their marriage. Esther tells in flashback, from the depths of her basement apartment in Earls Court, the history of her marital disaster - in between her consumption of chocolate cake, tinned fruit, sweet sherry and a host of other high-calorie goodies.

  • The Hole in the Top of the World | Fay Weldon

    The Hole in the Top of the World

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Fay Weldon
    • Narrated By Barbara Bain, Zeljko Ivanek, Valerie Landsburg, and others
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    Walter Matthau stars in the story of a climate scientist trying to balance romance and research. The piece is both serious and surreal as Matthau removes the “fourth wall” while addressing the show’s recording engineer. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Barbara Bain, Zeljko Ivanek and Valerie Landsburg. Directed by Shaun McLoughlin. Recorded before a live audience in Santa Monica, California, in June 1992.

  • Introduction to the Epistles of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians | Fay Weldon

    Introduction to the Epistles of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians

    • UNABRIDGED (3 mins)
    • By Fay Weldon
    • Narrated By Fay Weldon, Richard Holloway
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    Fay Weldon reads from her introduction to Corinthians. A figurehead of the early Christian church, Paul sets out some of his thoughts on strife and division, spirituality, the bond of marriage and hopes for his own immortality in this book. Her introduction is preceded by a reading from the book by Richard Holloway, former Bishop of Edinburgh.

  • The Heart of the Country: A Novel | Fay Weldon

    The Heart of the Country: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Fay Weldon
    • Narrated By Kelly Birch
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    Men have deserted women often, and perhaps Natalie Harris, whose husband ran off with the local carnival queen, should not have been surprised. But there she was - charming, well-meaning, and well-dressed - suddenly without gas to drive her children to school or money to pay their tuition. True. Natalie had had a lover for a number of years, but they saw each other only on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. Still, she felt wronged and helpless when her husband left her; she was the kind of woman other men, attached to other women, liked to help - on their own terms, of course.

  • Puffball: A Novel | Fay Weldon

    Puffball: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Fay Weldon
    • Narrated By Liisa Ivary
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    Liffey and Richard move from their chic London apartment to a quaint, rose-covered cottage because Liffey insists. Their neighbors, Mabs and Tucker, are delighted when Richard petulantly abandons Liffey to pursue his career in London and they set out with energetic spite to teach their city friend a lesson. Whether Liffey becomes pregnant from that lesson or by Richard remains to be seen, but Mabs believes that the baby in Liffey should rightfully be in her.

  • The Man With no Eyes | Fay Weldon

    The Man With no Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Fay Weldon
    • Narrated By Julie Christie
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    Fay Weldon has been one of the most consistently successful of Britain's contemporary women's authors with a career stretching over 30 years. Her prolific output alternating between television plays and vigorous novels such as The Life and Loves of a She-Devil articulate a contemporary feminist consciousness.

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