Muttathu Varkey (Malayalam: à´®àµà´Ÿàµà´Ÿà´¤àµà´¤àµà´µà´°àµâ€à´•àµà´•à´¿) (28 April 1913 – 28 May 1989) was a Malayalam novelist, short story writer, and poet from Kerala state, South India. Varkey was an exponent of a genre of sentiment-filled romantic fiction known as painkili (janapriya) novel in Malayalam literature.
Varkey was born in Chethipuzha, a small village near Changanassery in Kottayam district, Kerala. He began his career as a school teacher at Saint Berchmans High School, Changanassery. He then took up the job of an accountant in a timber factory. For a brief period, Varkey taught in a Tutorial College run by M. P. Paul. He then joined Deepika newspaper as an associated editor and remained there for next 26 years until his retirement in 1974.
Muttathu Varkey emerged as one of the popular writers of Malayalam fiction. He along with Kanam EJ was prominent in popularizing a genre of sentiment-filled pulp fiction known as painkili novel in Malayalam literature. He was a prolific writer and has penned a total of 132 books, including 65 novels. The rest of his works include collection of short stories, plays, and poetries. Many of his novels were adapted into Malayalam films, including Prem Nazir starrer Padatha Painkili (1957),Inapravukal (1965), Velutha Kathreena (1968), and Mayiladum Kunnu (1972) and Sathyan starrer Karakanakadal (1971) and Akkarapacha (1972).