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In 1989, after the Ayatollah Khomeini declared a fatwa against Salman Rushdie for writing "The Satanic Verses", Fay Weldon published "Sacred Cows", a pamphlet critical of the fundamentalist interpretation of the Koran. Weldon's pamphlet received a lot of attention on publication - mostly criticism of her perceived 'Islamophobia' - but Weldon set out to enforce the notion that no religion should have the right to issue threats and intimidation; no religion should hinder free expression. In "Sacred Cows", Weldon criticizes all aspects of British society - Murdoch and the Sun's page 3 girls; white, liberal complacence; problems with education and the NHS - and argues that the affront to Muslim people in Britain was not caused by publication of "The Satanic Verses" itself but rather by the 'awfulness of the society we have allowed to grow up around us'. "The Satanic Verses" is remedy, according to Weldon, to a fractured, ailing society. Publishing literature like this proves that our society 'may yet be well and our brave new God of individual conscience may yet arise'. Originally published by Chatto & Windus as part of the 'Chatto Counterblasts' strand, this ebook edition is reissued with a new introduction by the author, as part of the "Brain Shots" series: the pre-eminent source for high quality, short-form digital non-fiction.
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Novelist, playwright, and screenwriter, Fay Weldon CBE was brought up in New Zealand and returned to the United Kingdom when she was ten. She read Economics and Psychology at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, and worked briefly for the Foreign Office in London, then as a journalist, and then as an advertising copywriter. She later gave up her career in advertising, and began to write full-time. Her first novel, The Fat Woman's Joke, was published in 1967. She was Chair of the Judges for the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1983, and received an honorary doctorate from the University of St Andrews in 1990. In 2001 she was awarded a CBE. Fay Weldon's work includes over twenty novels, five collections of short stories, several children's books, non-fiction books, magazine articles and a number of plays written for television, radio and the stage, including the pilot episode for the television series 'Upstairs, Downstairs'. Fay's memoir, Auto Da Fay, was published in 2002 by HarperCollins who also published her latest nonfiction work What Makes Women Happy (Fourth Estate) in September 2006. Quercus published The Stepmother's Diary in September 2008, and her novel Chalcot Crescent was published in September 2009 by Corvus, followed by Kehua! in 2010. She is currently working on her Love & Inheritance trilogy for Head of Zeus, who published the first in the series, Habits of the House, in June 2012.
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Book Description Chatto & Windus, 1990. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110701135565
Book Description Chatto & Windus, 1990. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0701135565