Diana Athill

You’re Meant to Be Kind to Your Readers

Mantrapped

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MANTRAPPED IS THE second volume of Fay Weldon’s autobiography, and I can well imagine that many readers, having enjoyed the first volume, Auto da Fay, as much as I did, will be looking forward to it. They will find, perhaps with pleasure, perhaps not, that this time she has gone about her task in a different way. She describes it thus: ‘Auto da Fay was conventional enough, other than when I could no longer bear to incorporate certain sections of my past, I slipped into the third person for a time. This book is the second volume, and presents novel and autobiography side by side, leaping from one to the other, but related.’

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