Mavis Cheek

Mavis Cheek


Mavis Cheek began her working life at sixteen in the contemporary art world working with such artists as David Hockney, Bridget Riley and Patrick Caulfield.  Much of this understanding of art colours her writing.  She took her degree at the grand age of twenty eight after which she had her daughter, with the artist Basil Beattie.  She then decided to write and her first novel, Pause Between Acts won the SHE/John Menzies First Novel prize.  She has been called “Jane Austen in Modern Dress” and “The novelist who takes her scalpel to the discreet lack of charms of the bourgeosie”  She has written for radio, short story collections and has published fifteen novels in all – with Faber & Faber, Hamish Hamilton and Hutchinson.  The Observer said of her, ‘Cheek is a comic writer who is honourably fulfilling her contract to amuse…But she is also a proper writer and rage, passion and the authentic yowl of pain lies beneath her jolly prose.’

Mavis teaches for the Arvon Foundation, at Stratford Literature Festival (Guardian Masterclass) and at Ty Newydd, the Welsh Literature Centre.  She is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund.  She enjoys speaking at Literature Festivals and all other places where people are interested in writers and what makes them tick.

She has written fifteen novels in all, to reviewers’ acclaim and is currently working on her sixteenth novel.  Currently she lives in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside but is planning to move back to London – eventually.

Mavis Cheek @mavischeekbooks

This is such exciting news! Wish I were there!

happy Friday to one and all and thanks to @ianarchiebeck

All the fun of a my books party again -tonight - it's been too long - but quite odd to revisit books I wrote over thirty years ago - Oh the men, the jokes, the poetry, the politics, the pain - I just wrote what I knew then. Still doing it - x M

Three new editions of my first, fifth and twelfth novels out on 17th July - all - I am reliably informed - available from Amazon or I feel like I've become an historical piece of literature - better than hysterical, I suppose.

Brilliant work yes

Give that woman a medal - needs saying - so it’s still going on then?

This looks like a top course

@Peston With Brexit, there are no victors.

We all lose.

@Stephen_May1 @Ty_Newydd @darcy_rn We are going to do our very best to get your fiction edited and refined to perfection. And all in one of the most lovely places in these isles...

Malpensa @MiAirports could you please tell me what the weather conditions were at Milan Malpensa airport in the early hours of 04/04/2019 and which flights were affected.. Many thanks.

This 3 minute demolition of a banking fatcat is simply breathtaking and is why stumbling on things like this on Twitter is its power.

I love you all but Facebook gorn wrong

Would you like to come and work with me & help build Raven Books? We need a brilliant editor to work mainly on the managing editorial side of the whole Bloomsbury Adult list but also to help edit some Raven titles - & commission their own!