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My first baby. My first official, published baby. Wonderful, amazing reviews. And still, I think, my funniest. Concerning a mix up over gender preferences and romantic delusions with a central heroine (the first Cheek heroine) who does not exactly get everything right.
I did write another novel before this in which an elderly man (actually he was sixty – as old as I dared imagine a man could be and still form romantic attachments) fixated on a younger woman. Thank goodness it was never published as I removed every iota of humour on the basis that ‘comedy is not suitable for literary novels’. Hah!
Joan’s answer to life after divorce from Jack is simple: happy seclusion. She rejects the outside world and embarks on a contented existence of isolated self-indulgence. But when her nice neighbours Fred and Geraldine introduce her to the roguishly desirable actor Finbar Flynn the walls of the citadel begin to crack . . .
‘Mavis Cheek’s debut makes a juicy blackish comedy that carries off its alertly attractive staginess with considerable aplomb.’ Observer
‘A very funny novel with good characters and an inventive, well controlled plot…She is a shrewd observer with a fine ear for dialogue.’ Daily Telegraph
‘She writes with such robust good humour and startling assurance that it’s impossible not to be hijacked by this saga of dramatics, amateur and otherwise.’ The Times