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

Looking forward to the pies

Please tell me if there is a correct procedure for dealing with people on trains and 'buses who sneeze and cough without tissue, handkerchief or even a hand. Can one arrest them on the spot?

I'm indebted to Sally Heaven of BBC who edited (or her team edited) 'A Good Read' programme recorded with Gail Honeyman and the enviably well-read presenter, Harriett Gilbert - all the blips and the up-trips taken out so that I sounded marvellously erudite and fluent. Thankyou.

From Charlotte Bronte to @CatherineQanik - half an hour of good book-talk with @GailHoneyman & @mavischeekbooks on air at 4.30 today and online thereafter:

Environment Secretary 'declines to come on to The Today programme on BBC - the nation's flagship news programme - what a rubbishy, irresponsible government this is - never mind their prejudice, we want to know, from a government source, what is happening. Shame on them.

oh this is interesting - I would say that tho

I really do wish I understood Tweeting, then I would know what you are apologising for - anyway - whatever it is I hope you enjoyed it.

Never wrote a truer exchange...Yours, from the depth of the salad bowl, x M

Wanted to say 'he being completely and utterly and wonderfully French...' Thankyou textedit once more

Faure's Requiem at the Festival Hall last night - perfectly and wholly sublime. Needed a bit of spiritual solace - don't we all - and that was it. Mayne at supper afterwards but think Faure would have approved, he being completely and utterly and wonderFrn

I wouldn't normally blow my own trumpet but..
'I wanted to say how much I enjoy your books.They make me laugh. I think about your characters even when I’m not reading. Your books make me feel a bit lighter about things in general and for that I’m very grateful. Thank you!'


Lovely to talk to @timlottwriter re his work, & re my setting-out in #nofarshore from poetry to poetry/prose/travel/memoir etc & delighted with, as well as poets, so many local-author-friends coming along incl. Tim
Vesna Goldsworthy Michael Foley @mavischeekbooks @pollydevlin ...

If you've read one of our @mavischeekbooks titles, then you know what laugh-out-loud writing looks like.

But how did our comedic genius get her start in the writing world?

Read on for a glimpse into the world of Mavis Cheek. #guestpost

As befitted a comedy course we had much laughter and some intensity and essential late night vodka.

Then you have one of the most beautiful views in the world. How I envy you being there. Would go back any time. Enjoy the week.

Bit of an emotional journey getting to gig in Enfield - much cars Secrets And Spies Helen Lederer In Conversation With Trudy Gold at Dugdale Centre in London

I’ve got a really lovely day planned with my 12 year old, just the two of us. I’ve given him all of Brighton to choose from for lunch venue. He’s chosen effing Subway. 🤢

Happy with whoever wins the Rugby today - if it's good old England that will be great, but if it is the Springboks then that, for those of us who marched with the Anti-Apartheid movement, now seeing Siya Kolisi as Captain, is also GREAT.