A very big thank you goes to Richard Shayler for making this short film of the UK press launch of The Manservant
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Ever tried driving a car and reading a book? No? I’m very glad to hear it. But next time you are stuck in traffic or on a train or bus you could be listening to the audio version of The Manservant. Recorded Books have just bought the audio rights so keep your eyes peeled (or should that be keep your ears open?) for a release date.
There are times in life where its good to act cool and then there are times when it’s perfectly OK to punch the air with one hand and pat yourself on the back with the other. Seeing a bookshelf groaning under the weight of your own books definitely falls into the latter category.
I received my author copies of The Manservant yesterday and it was like all my favourite childhood christmas presents arrived on one day.
You can get a copy from http://www.amazon.co.uk and whilst I’m in the mood for shamelessly plugging my own books you can download the iBook version of Miniature Feasts from http://www.michaelharwood.com
Happy reading folks!
I just couldn’t help posting this review. Bob Lunn of Kansas City – I salute you sir!
What does the Savile Row firm of Gieves & Hawkes purvey? Who supplies Her Majesty the Queen with knickers? (Hint it’s not Marks & Spencer.) If you’re manservant to a masochistic noble, when exactly is it your turn to wear the French maid’s outfit? Answers to these and other questions you may never have asked yourself are provided in this absolutely fabulous gay romance by an author who is described as “one of the UK’s most sought after private chefs” and so presumably has insider dope on Britain’s plummiest elites. At the start of the novel, our hero, Anthony Gowers, is dismissed for good and scandalous reason from the employ of a London hotel. Incredibly handsome, and with no gag reflex to speak of, he lands securely on his knees as Lord Shanderson’s manservant at Castle Beadle, where he’s showered with Mini Coopers and loads of long-stemmed white roses. What seems like a dream job, however, quickly and predictably turns horribly wrong before Tony learns that knights don’t always arrive on white chargers but sometimes in black taxis. VERDICT This breezy debut confection is Downton Abbey as seen through the gimlet eyes of Thomas Barrow and will help while away that next afternoon you’re awaiting your fitting at Gieves & Hawkes.—Bob Lunn, Kansas City, MO