One Minute With: Mavis Cheek
Friday 07 May 2010
Where are you now and what can you see?
I'm in my study in Wiltshire, where there are three windows looking out to the woodland and rather scrubby, uncut grass. There are no houses or people, just a beautiful stud next door.
What are you currently reading?
Marilynne Robinson's Gilead, for fiction, and Margaret Drabble's The Pattern in the Carpet, for non-fiction.
Choose a favourite writer and say why you like her/him
My favourite ever book is probably Jane Eyre. I read it at a key time and on re-reading it as I get older, I experience different things in it. First it was about this poor, put-upon character, than it was her romance with Mr Rochester and then it was her wit. As I get older, I realise how wit is as important as the philosophical stuff.
Describe the room where you usually write
There are French windows which lead out to a non-existent balcony as I ran out of money when the room was being built on top of the house. If I get a bad review, I can always step out!
What distracts you from writing?
I'm terrible with emails. Gardening is also fatal. I often potter around and invariably find something that needs doing.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
Probably (Vanity Fair's) Becky Sharp when I was younger. I really admire these women who, against the odds, take destiny in their own hands.
What are your readers like when you meet them?
Usually very funny and quite like me in that they are a little baleful about the world in a way.
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
The Suffragettes for the fight they put up. I'm just so upset at the moment with women saying I can't be bothered to vote in the election. How dare you walk away from it?
Mavis Cheek's novel 'Truth to Tell' is published by Hutchinson.
Film review Michael Glatze biopic isn't about a self-hating gay man gone straight
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Vladimir Putin says Russia will fight for the right of Palestinians to their own state
- 2 Ohio Democrat Teresa Fedor speaks out during abortion debate to reveal she has been raped – and is interrupted by laughter from Republicans
- 3 Germanwings plane crash: I have depression. That doesn't make me a psychopath
- 4 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 5 The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat
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Poldark, TV review: Demelza’s insouciance is almost as impressive as Ross’ pecs
Fifty Shades of Grey movie shows first sex scene 'after 40 minutes'
James May hints he will not continue on Top Gear without Jeremy Clarkson
Louis Theroux: By Reason of Insanity, episode 2, TV review: The affable Englishman routine is wearing a bit thin
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew