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

Mark Thomson appointed new Registrar General

Been reading my first novel from 1988 - have to write a new foreword for its re-issue at end of July. It still made me laugh out loud - just as it did when I wrote it never expecting it to get published - and I still hanker for a fling with the hero.

its good to put too many words in a tweet by mistake, because then you see how many nice people have retweeted

Here to serve ...myself a drink...collaborative pleasures

This woman @HelenLederer should be given a CBE - Comedy's Best Enabler award - for the work she's done to get this great idea off the ground. And for being Very Funny in a well-crafted way.

Calling #WittyWomen Writers. No more Xmas! Are you READY to send in your two chapters of your FUNNY NOVEL to #ComedyWomenInPrint? If so, entries deadline is 28th Feb - WINNER gets @HarperFiction publishing contract and £5000 advance - DO IT. You know you want to... #CWIP #writers

This is SO brilliant. Helen - you’re a right little cracker.

Now that there Tusker Is my kind of Donald... Please remember to keep the phrase 'for Brexiteers without a plan' tagged on to your opprobrium - it may not be diplomacy but it is certainly a very proper condemnation of Boris J. and David D. Idiots.

@HelenLederer @TheWritersGuild Marvellous! Marvellous! Marvellous!

Today I'm signing the contract for the re-issue of three of my most cherished (by me) and popular (by readers) books - My first baby (and some say my funniest) PAUSE BETWEEN ACTS - my fifth title - AUNT MARGARET'S LOVER and my 13th (blessed by the Good Fairy) AMENABLE WOMEN.

Not surprised some people think the Holocaust is overstated or - worse never happened - it is so hard to believe - that an entire nation, in Europe, home of Goethe and Beethoven, systematically tried to destroy an entire race - and others it devalued. So - Educate!

Oliver Cromwell: 'In the name of God, go!' ... Ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.

Luther: Hmmm. It made me smile - which I am quite sure wasn't the aim - at the end it all got so bloody silly (literally) that it became a pastiche. Great for keeping the old brain box on its cellular toes, though. But overreached, methinks.

I'm sulking too - party sabbatical much cheap cava still in airing cupboard

Look - I know it's a bit Pollyanna-ish - but I've just loved wishing everyone I pass in the street today A Happy New Year and getting their response - it's a smiley thing and for once it's allowed. And the same to yooooooo.