Sleeping Beauties

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Mavis Cheek
31 January 2017
Agora Books

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 note from Mavis – 

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.


Praise for Mavis Cheek – 

‘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

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