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The Manservant: A Novel

Michael Harwood

ISBN 9781617733116
Publish Date 2/24/2015
Format Trade Paperback
Categories Historical, Kensington, Between the Chapters, Fresh Voices
List Price: $15.00

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In this bitingly witty, saucy, acutely observed debut novel, Michael Harwood pulls back the damask drapes to reveal life among the modern aristocracy--upstairs, downstairs, and occasionally, behind stairs...

Anthony Gowers assists guests at a high-end London hotel with the kind of requests that can't be filled from a room-service menu. His reward: lavish tips and a closet full of cashmere. Then a client's after-hours entertainment ends in a tabloid scandal, and Anthony quickly becomes the city's best-dressed unemployed person. . .

In desperation, Anthony takes a position in the countryside as personal butler to Lord Shanderson. As a former Royal footman, Anthony is well versed in the peerage's peculiar ways. But Castle Beadale conceals an abundance of intrigue behind its stately doors. On the surface, Lord Shanderson is a model English gentleman--with a few personal interests that Anthony is sure the absent Lady Shanderson knows nothing about. But when the horrendously high-maintenance Lady Shanderson returns, tempers will flare, secrets will be exposed, and Anthony must decide whether the perks of privilege he's enjoyed are worth the price he's compelled to pay. . .

About Michael Harwood :

Michael Harwood is one of the UK’s most sought after private chefs with clients on both sides of the Atlantic. He has cooked for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge as well as being the executive head chef at one of London’s grandest private residences. He has also worked in many of Britain’s surviving stately homes. Michael has authored two cookbooks, Miniature Feasts and The Ultimate Insanely Super Hot Chili Pepper Cookbook. He lives by the sea in Brighton with his partner, Alan, and their French bulldog, Reggie. They are passionate collectors of art and antiques and spend way too much money on both. Visit him on the web at

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