Aunt Margaret's Lover
by Mavis Cheek
Aunt Margaret, surrogate mother to teenage Saskia, has just waved goodbye to her niece. She has sent her to Canada for a year. Now, buoyed up by an unexpected legacy that's given her a year of freedom, Aunt Margaret decides to kick up her heels a little and have some fun...
Paperback, 275 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Faber & Faber
(first published January 1st 1994)
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Mavis Cheek writes wonderful women with lots of wit and warmth and wisdom and I must look out for more of her works, because I do enjoy them so much. This novel is about Aunt Margaret and her one chance as of late to have her romantic whims seen to at last, when her niece Sassy who she has raised after the tragic death of her sister goes to stay with her father for 12 months, before coming back home. (He was drunkenly driving the car in which his wife was killed so Margaret still blames him.) Th...more
Hmmmm 2 stars seems harsh but really it was ok - that sums it up for me. It started off really well. I loved the premise, I loved the set up, but it just didn't quite deliver the promise. I never really understood the actual relationship they established (Aunt Margaret and her lover). There were some very odd chapters and segues - mostly written in the first person ('I') it sometimes slipped into the 3rd person observer 'Aunt Margaret'. There was some seemingly completely irrelevant stuff about...more
I quite ejoyed it until I encountered two crazy women, Jill and Verity. I looked up all painters and other names mentioned and the way the auther uses them in the context was briliant and cheeky. But I felt uncomfortable and got annoyed to Verity's crazy talking to her stuff in the house and Jill's outburst of emotions.
Born in Wimbledon, now part of London, Mavis left school at 16 to do office work with Editions Alecto, a Kensington publishing company. She later moved to the firm's gallery in Albemarle Street, where she met artists such as David Hockney, Allen Jones, Patrick Caulfield and Gillian Ayres. In 1969 she married a "childhood sweetheart", Chris Cheek, a physicist, whom she had met at a meeting of the Y...moreMore about Mavis Cheek...