mobile-menu mobile-menu-arrow Menu

Sleeping Beauties

Sleeping Beauties by Mavis Cheek

Purchase Title ›

Publisher: Ipso Books
Language: English
Pages: 224

I wrote this initially as an expose of the beauty business which I thought deserved a satire.  But as I went around the world, including the UK (I was travel writing quite a lot in those years) and visited many, many beauty salons, parlours, clinics – in London, Edinburgh,Turkey, USA, Greece, India and many other places, I began to see that the service of women to women – doing hair, doing massage, doing make-up – is as old as the hills – and that it was only in the big, expensive salons where the exploitation occurred.  I learned many secrets, and heard many stories, some of which went into the book.

Tabitha’s Beauty Parlour is a haven for the women who cross her portals.  But alas, when Tabitha employs Chloe as a trainee, the harmony of the setting is horribly disturbed…’ 

It’s a complex plot, again, and has a fairly devastating ending – but it is also much loved by my readers, and by me.


Tabitha’s Beauty Parlour is a haven. The women who cross its portals enter a perfumed world where never a hard note is struck. To Tabitha, Beauty is a broad canvas from which she will draw out what she can. But when Chloe, Tabitha’s trainee, sets out to prove that she can give her clients the makeover of a lifetime, the quest for feminine perfection achieves hilarious consequences . . .


‘A sharply observed social satire… wacky yet profound… Be wary, this book won’t do much for your laughter lines.’ Chic

‘Glinting of wit, lacing her work with literary allusion, Mavis Cheek boldly brings satire up to date in a clever and funny novel.’ The Times

‘Wonderfully funny.’ Vogue

Soon to be released as an e-book from IpsoBooks 


More Titles ›

Buying options for Sleeping Beauties

amazon-uk Buy hardcopy from Amazon UK amazon-us Buy hardcopy from Amazon US amazon-uk Buy eBook from Amazon UK amazon-us Buy eBook from Amazon US hive Buy hardcopy from Hive nook Buy from Nook



‘Guaranteed entertainment from start to finish’ Time Out

I’d like to send you a short story, for free – you just need to tell me where to send it

Web design by Creatomatic