Sue Gee

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Sue Gee
Born 1947 (age 69–70)
Occupation Novelist
Language English
Nationality British
Period 1980-present
Genre Literary fiction
Spouse Marek Mayer (2003-2005)
Children 1

Sue Gee (born 1947) is a British novelist. She is published by Headline Review and by Salt. The Hours of the Night was the controversial winner of the Romantic Novel of the Year award in 1997.[1] The Mysteries of Glass was long listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2005. Reading in Bed was a Daily Mail Book Club selection in 2007.


Personal life[edit]

Sue Gee's parents met and married in India in 1946 and returned to England in 1947, with the coming of Independence. She and her brother David grew up on a Devon farm and in a Leicestershire village, before the family moved to Surrey in 1957.[2] She lived for 27 years with the environmental journalist Marek Mayer: they married in 2003, two years before his death.[3] Now, she lived in the town of Hay-on-Wye in the Welsh borders.[2] Their son is Jamie Mayer. Sue Gee lives in London and Herefordshire.

Background and career[edit]

She was educated at the University of London, Goldsmiths College and at Middlesex University, where between 2000-2008 she was programme leader on the MA Creative Writing course and established The North London Literary Festival. [4] She currently teaches at the Faber Academy, and is a mentor on the Write to Life programme at Freedom from Torture.

Her first novel, Spring Will Be Ours, was inspired by Marek Mayer's Polish background. It delineates the period 1939-1981 - from the Invasion of Poland (1939) at the start of World War II to the period of Solidarity and martial law (1981-1983). Its title comes from graffiti scrawled on the walls of Warsaw in 1981: Winter is yours, but spring will be ours. Later novels are both historical and contemporary.

She is also the author of many short stories, and of a Radio 4 drama, Ancient & Modern, broadcast in 2004 with Juliet Stevenson in the lead role.


  • Spring Will Be Ours (1988)
  • Keeping Secrets (1991)
  • The Last Guests of the Season (1993)
  • Letters from Prague (1994)
  • The Hours of the Night (1996)
  • Earth & Heaven (2000)
  • The Mysteries of Glass (2004)
  • Reading in Bed (2007)
  • Last Fling - short stories (2011)
  • Coming Home (2014)

Dramatic works

  • Ancient & Modern (2004)

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