A classic Cheek comedy of manners that will delight her many fans
Following a basic and unambitious education Mavis Cheek left school at sixteen with no academic qualifications, an ability to type very badly and the looks of a perfect dolly bird. She began her working life as a receptionist for Editions Alecto, where she began to learn about modern art. After twelve happy years she left to attend Hillcroft College for Women where she graduated with a distinction. Shortly after this her daughter was born and she began her writing career in earnest. In 1988 her novel Pause Between Acts won the She/John Menzies First Novel Prize. Mavis Cheek, like her heroine Marianne Flowers, lived in many different houses during those years, each reflecting another milestone in the development of her life. Though the book is fiction it is very much based on some of the places in which she lived and the absurd and tragicomic experiences she lived through or observed during those years.