Head of Zeus is to publish The Death of a She-Devil by Fay Weldon, the sequel to Weldon’s 1983 novel The Life and Loves of a She-Devil (Sceptre).
Head of Zeus acquired world Engish-language rights to the title.
The Death of a She-Devil follows Tyler Patchett, “an ultra-confident twentysomething man... who won’t be satisfied with his life until he can transition into the ultimate symbol of power and status: a woman”. Head of Zeus called the sequel a “provocative fable” that “stars a new kind of ‘heroine’”.
Publisher Laura Palmer said: “Life and Loves of a She-Devil is something I read at school, so to be coming back to that world now, to conclude the story in the modern day is great. I love the way Fay works with modern life and has basically changed her own story to work with current times. She’s saying that it is women who have all the power and all the status now, and that is why men want to become women. Her main character is an alpha male, very confident – you’d think he’d have everything he wants, but he sees what women have and he wants all of that instead.”
The Life and Loves of a She-Devil was published in 1983 and described by the Guardian as a “bawdy, feminist black comedy about a woman exacting revenge on her unfaithful husband.”
The Death of a She-Devil will be published by Head of Zeus in April 2017.