Fay Weldon has been writing novels about subjugated women for more than 50 years. Her debut book, The Fat Woman’s Joke, revolved around the expectations imposed on married women. The Life and Loves of a She-Devil was about the fury of a jilted wife. Praxis—nominated for the Booker Prize—charted a woman’s entire existence by the mistreatment she suffered at the hands of men.

And now, at the age of 89, she has finally transcended the form. If the news of the last few days is anything to go by, Fay Weldon no longer simply writes Fay Weldon books. She lives them.