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Maggie Mary Gee (born 1948) is an English novelist. She was born in Poole, Dorset, then moved to the Midlands and later to Sussex. She was educated at state schools and at Oxford University (MA, B Litt). She later worked in publishing and then had a research post at Wolverhampton Polytechnic where she completed a doctorate in the twentieth century novel in 1980. She has written eleven novels and a collection of short stories, and was the first female Chair of the Royal Society of Literature, 2004-2008. She is now one of the Vice-Presidents of the RSL and Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University. She has also served on the Society of Authors' management committee and the government's Public Lending Right committee. Her seventh novel, The White Family, was shortlisted for the 2003 Orange Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

She writes in a broadly modernist tradition, in that her books have a strong overall sense of pattern and meaning, but her writing is characterised by political and social awareness. She turns a satirical eye on contemporary society but is affectionate towards her characters and has an unironised sense of the beauty of the natural world. Her human beings are biological as well as social creatures, partly because of the influence of science and in particular evolutionary biology on her thinking. Where Are the Snows, The Ice People and The Flood have all dealt with the near or distant future. She writes through male characters as often as she does through female characters.

The individual human concerns that her stories address include the difficulties of resolving the conflict between total unselfishness, which often leads to secret unhappiness and resentment against the beneficiaries, and selfishness, which can lead to the unhappiness of others, particularly of children. This is a typical quandary of late-20th and early-21st-century women, but it is also a concern for privileged, wealthy, long-lived western human beings as a whole, and widens into global concerns about wealth and poverty and climate change. Her books also explore how the human species relates to non-human animals and to the natural world as a whole. Two of her books, The White Family and My Cleaner, have had racism as a central theme, dealt with as a tragedy in The White Family but as a comedy in My Cleaner. She is currently writing a memoir called My Animal Life. In 2009 she published My Driver, a second novel with many of the same characters as My Cleaner, but this time set in Uganda during a time of tension with neighbouring DRC Congo.

Maggie Gee lives in London with her husband, the writer and broadcaster Nicholas Rankin, author of Dead Man's Chest: Travels after Robert Louis Stevenson, Telegram from Guernica: The Extraordinary Life of George Steer, War Correspondent, and Churchill's Wizards, and their daughter Rosa.

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Total Books: 43
My Driver
2010 - My Driver (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781846590795
ISBN-10: 1846590795
Genre: Literature & Fiction

2010 - Grace (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781846590634
ISBN-10: 1846590639

My Animal Life
2010 - My Animal Life (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781846599873
ISBN-10: 1846599873
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

The Ice People
2008 - The Ice People (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781846590382
ISBN-10: 1846590388
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy

The White Family
2008 - The White Family (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781846590436
ISBN-10: 1846590434
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

The Blue
2007 - The Blue (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781846590139
ISBN-10: 1846590132

Where Are the Snows
2007 - Where Are the Snows (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781846590016
ISBN-10: 1846590019
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

My Cleaner
2006 - My Cleaner (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781846590085
ISBN-10: 1846590086
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

The  Flood
2006 - The Flood (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780863565120
ISBN-10: 0863565123
Genre: Literature & Fiction

On Purpose Towards a More Meaningful Life - Selected Quotes
2004 - On Purpose Towards a More Meaningful Life - Selected Quotes (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781741101430
ISBN-10: 1741101433

Light Years
2004 - Light Years (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780863568688
ISBN-10: 0863568688
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Dying in Other Words
1994 - Dying in Other Words (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780006547068
ISBN-10: 0006547060
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Christopher and Alexandra
1992 - Christopher and Alexandra (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780395604847
ISBN-10: 0395604842
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Burning Book
1985 - The Burning Book (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780571134175
ISBN-10: 0571134173

Lost Children (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780002241328
ISBN-10: 0002241323

Burning Book
Burning Book (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780312108625
ISBN-10: 0312108621

The Flood
The Flood (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780863563157
ISBN-10: 0863563155