Published by Macmillan
The Sex Life of my Aunt by Mavis Cheek
Lovely home lovely husband, lovely family, but this wife manages to meet a man in a railway station who is also lovely. Embarking on an affair, Dilys discovers lots of things about herself, her aunt and deceit in general. Her life is never going to be simple again.
This book was published in 2002, and Mavis Cheek had written nine books previous to this and five since this was published. She is no lightweight. Her books are well written and a bit similar in style to Kate Atkinson. I don’t know why Mavis Cheek is not more well known as her books are excellent, well paced and smooth reading.
This book made me laugh out loud and also shed a few tears. It is a tale of Dilys, who married the first man who said he loved her, after difficult and unconfident teenage years, meets a man younger than herself at a railway station and embarks on an affair. She finds all the deceptions are manageable with the help of her aunt, but is in conflict in all the areas of her life. This is not just a romance, it is an illicit affair from a woman’s viewpoint, which is unusual as it is normally the woman wronged and the husband straying. It is also about rivalry between sisters, overcoming a difficult upbringing and finding out family secrets.
Dilys is a likeable character, even though you know she is making mistakes and taking wrong decisions, she is easy to relate to by anyone in their middle years. The writer’s observations on middle aged people are priceless.
I would recommend this as a very interesting and engaging holiday read.
This book is available with the link below for only $1.32 to $3.99 second hand.