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Perriam, Wendy 1940-

Overview
Works: 54 works in 197 publications in 1 language and 3,398 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Interviews  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Black humor  Short stories  Domestic fiction  Educational films  Internet videos 
Roles: Author, Interviewee
Classifications: PR6066.E675, 823.914
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works about Wendy Perriam
 
Most widely held works by Wendy Perriam
Devils, for a change by Wendy Perriam( Book )

10 editions published between 1989 and 2012 in English and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lying by Wendy Perriam( Book )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alison Ward, an idealistic young editor in a publishing house, falls obsessionally in love with an older man, James Egerton, seemingly out of reach on both social and religious grounds. Why should a Cambridge-educated accountant from a well-to-do, ultra-Catholic family be attracted to someone of modest means and background who has rarely set foot inside a church (and whose father moreover dismisses all religion as claptrap)? Against the odds, she wins his love but, five years into their marriage, finds herself leading a double life, upholding "truths" in public which privately she abhors. The strain of this deception, coupled with deep sadness at their failure to conceive a longed-for child, eventually leads her into an affair. As lie piles on lie, she is horrified at her own faithlessness. Why, when she loves her devout and devoted husband, is she sloping off with a scruffy, layabout barman she doesn't even like? She begins to see falsehood everywhere—in advertising and politics, even science and medicine—and above all in the constricting religion of her husband and his family. Yet James's faith is an essential part of him, his virtue and integrity the very qualities that first attracted her; thus the discovery that even he is entangled in deception comes as a profound shock
Born of woman by Wendy Perriam( Book )

10 editions published between 1983 and 2012 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Broken places by Wendy Perriam( Book )

4 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Passionately idealistic about his work as a librarian, and his mission to extend literacy and literature into the wider community, Eric's also ruefully aware that he's not exactly Superman. Forced to hide his mysterious background and mortifying fears, he's a man with secrets - withheld even from close friends
Writers talk : D. M. Thomas with Wendy Perriam and Clare Boylan( Visual )

2 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Topics discussed in the interview: --Sex in literature . --The issue of pornography. --Style and vocabulary
Tread softly by Wendy Perriam( Book )

5 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lorna, 39, is married to unconventional Ralph, who in turn is wedded to his 27 pipes and his artificial-grass business. In fact, it's a menage a trois, the third party being Lorna's Monster, a gleefully sadistic personification of her panic attacks. The Monster has a field day when, following a botched operation, Lorna is sent to convalesce among the deaf and demented inmates of a Care Home from Hell, where the staff have more problems than the patients. But despite such unpromising surroundings she begins to blossom, discovering new friendships, untapped talents, and even a reawakened interest in sex, thanks to the attentions of an ardent young care-worker.Meanwhile, back in the outside world, Ralph is being sued by a vindictive business client, and risks losing his house and his livelihood. As his fortunes wane, Lorna is offered a challenging new job, which threatens the already precarious balance of their life together
Fifty-minute hour by Wendy Perriam( Book )

7 editions published between 1990 and 2012 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dreams, demons, and desire by Wendy Perriam( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cuckoo by Wendy Perriam( Book )

10 editions published between 1981 and 2012 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bird inside by Wendy Perriam( Book )

5 editions published between 1992 and 2012 in English and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jane's world is overturned at her 18th birthday party. She flees, finding refuge with Christopher, a stained-glass artist more than 40 years her senior. Jane tries to rebuild her own life, examining the beliefs of those she meets - chaotic Isobel, wealthy Adrian, and Christopher himself
The stillness the dancing by Wendy Perriam( Book )

7 editions published between 1985 and 2012 in English and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Second skin by Wendy Perriam( Book )

5 editions published between 1998 and 2012 in English and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Virgin in the gym and other stories by Wendy Perriam( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Michael, Michael by Wendy Perriam( Book )

6 editions published between 1993 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Absinthe for elevenses by Wendy Perriam( Book )

12 editions published between 1980 and 2012 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De Roche is aiming to transform not only what he sees as his impotent profession, but also once-a-Catholic Ginny, still tied to home and children, and obsessed with guilt and sin. Far from impotent himself, he woos her with heavenly pleasures and earthly appetites, combining sacred and profane, making highly unconventional love to a background of church music, and trying to coax a dazzling social butterfly from a drab and cosy chrysalis. The new glossy gift-wrapped Ginny, torn between the risk of eternal damnation by a God she only half believes in and the god she sees in Caldos himself, discovers that even heaven-on-earth. can be hell
Little marvel and other stories by Wendy Perriam( Book )

4 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A girl with a crippling pea-phobia, a woman driven to murderous rage in an Anger Management Workshop, a wife torn between her dashing artist-lover and her uptight accountant-husband — these are some of the characters in Wendy Perriam's fifth short-story collection. Whatever the scenario, Perriam is alive to the raw emotion and underlying drama in even the most limited of lives, combining the daily dilemmas of personal relationships with a deeper exploration of psychological complexities. Many of the stories focus on some triumph or trauma of the human heart. Thirteen-year-old Kirsty is heartbroken on account of her father leaving home; Lynn eats her heart out over the mysterious Indonesians she has invited in off the street; stolid, suburban Ian undergoes a heart-transplant that not only saves his life, but changes his whole life and personality. And not forgetting Brian, the freckled, sandy-haired credit controller who, on his first-ever trip abroad, loses his heart to sultry Fiorella in Sorrento. Haunting and humorous by turns, this new collection depicts a world where happiness and heartache lie perilously close
An enormous yes by Wendy Perriam( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three generations of women, all with very different ideas as to what constitutes the good life. For Hanna, 95, it's always been based on duty, piety, and service to others, but for her granddaughter, Amy, it means wealth, success and status. Amy's mother, Maria, is more ambivalent; attracted by both Hanna's high ideals and by the new hedonistic lifestyle she encounters when, after the death of her mother, she moves from Hanna's shabby Northumberland cottage to Amy's stylish London home. After 39 years of celibacy, her second self - a wild sensualist-in-waiting - is awakened by the passionate artist, Felix, who also encourages her long-dormant artistic talents. But should she say 'an enormous yes' to a new life of sexual and artistic self-fulfilment, or follow her mother's example and devote herself to Amy, now pregnant with her first child? An Enormous Yes poses fundamental questions about what constitutes living well, and the choices we are forced to make between wants and needs, ideals and rights; exploring the conflicting claims of entitlement versus duty and responsibility. It pits our image-based, celebrity-obsessed culture against more enduring values, and, in chronicling a passionate relationship between two people in their sixties, challenges society's myth that sex is only for the young. Perriam's powerful and life-affirming new novel combines some of today's most controversial issues with all the exuberance and sexual daring that have made her name
The Queen's margarine by Wendy Perriam( Book )

4 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of short-stories in which the mundane goes hand in hand with the miraculous - and even the Queen eats margarine
The biggest female in the world and other stories by Wendy Perriam( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With this collection of short stories, the reader is plunged into the dreams and delusions of contemporary life and love. Wendy Perriam's frail and fallible characters seek solace through the power of imagination, finding release in fantasy worlds
Wendy Perriam, D.M. Thomas and Clare Boylan by Wendy Perriam( Visual )

5 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fay Weldon introduces the poet D.M. Thomas and novelists Wendy Perriam and Clare Boylan who discuss how to write about sex and the difference between literature and pornography
 
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Alternative Names
Perriam, Wendy Angela

Wendy Perriam British writer

Wendy Perriam escritora británica

Languages
English (114)

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Born of womanBroken placesTread softlyDreams, demons, and desireCuckooBird insideThe stillness the dancingSecond skin