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Fay Weldon was born on September 22, 1931, in Birmingham, England to Franklin Birkinshaw, a member of a literary family. Her mother, Margaret Jepson, also had a background in literature and sometimes wrote novels under the pen name Pearl Bellairs, inspired by a character in an Aldous Huxley short story. Weldon’s maternal grandfather and uncle were also writers.

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At the age of five, Weldon’s parents separated and eventually divorced in 1940. She was raised in Christchurch, New Zealand by her father, Frank Thornton Birkinshaw, a physician.

During the summers, she and her sister Jane would visit Auckland and Coromandel with their father. Weldon attended Christchurch Girls’ High School from 1944 to 1946.

Growing up in a literary household, it’s no surprise that Weldon eventually found success as a writer herself. She began her career as an advertising copywriter before establishing herself as a novelist and playwright. Despite being born in England, Weldon spent much of her childhood in New Zealand, which would later influence her writing.