Janice Gentle Gets Sexy
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This is my first fully formed novel, as opposed to the three previously published books (this is not to denigrate them) which are light comedies of manners – it has subplots, a strong message about women’s bodies, women’s place in the world, and women’s continuing ability to stumble, fall and get up again to go on, when life gets tough. Janice is one of my all-time favourite heroines – large at the beginning of the book, large at the end of it – she never gives up a biscuit nor loses a pound in weight – yet she is a romantic heroine. I wrote it as direct rebellion to the upsurge in ‘women’s’ literature of the time where heroines were called something arcane like ‘Ariadne’ or ‘Georgiana’ and were slender and beautiful. It is still one of my most popular novels – and I’m always happy at readings when someone creeps up to me and very apologetically shows me their dog-eared copy of ‘Janice’ and asks me to sign it…
Janice Gentle, under pressure from her money-obsessed agent, writes delicate, romantic novels with one goal in mind: to make enough money to find the man she loved and lost twenty years ago.
But when Rohanne Bulbecker, a sucessful New York publisher, asks for Janice’s help with an extremely marketable idea, it’s an opportunity for Janice to abandon her usual predictable genre and try something entirely new . . .
‘A devilishly funny social satarist…it is impossible not to be enthralled.’ Daily Mail
‘Cheek’s storytelling is faultless and her observation acute.’ The Times
‘Delightful comedy…It is Cheek’s deftness as a satirist and her shrewdness as an observer that mark her out.’ Daily Telegraph