Everybody loves a secret….

It’s been a long time in the making but here it is! Available from Amazon and coming to a bookshop near you soon….

The-Manservant Meme

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Bookish Supper Society 25th March

Looks like March is going to a busy old month for me.

On the 25th I’ll be appearing at The Bookish Supper Society in Hove to read a bit of The Manservant and chatting to the divine Laura Lockington (look her up –  she’s a brilliant author not to mention a bloody good cook to boot!). I’ll be in good company  as Lisa Cutts and Jane Lythell will be talking about their new books too.

If you fancy coming along go to www.tabl.com to buy tickets



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Food and Books? Whats not to love?

Roll up, roll up….I’ve been asked to appear at the brilliant Bookish Supper Society events on 25th March. I’m so flattered to be asked as ‘ll be in terribly good company, namely fellow authors Lisa Cutts and Jane Lythell. I’ll be talking to the lovely Laura Lockington about The Manservant whislt guests gorge on delicious food and drink. I mean, whats not to love?

If that kind of thing tickles your fancy you can but tickets at – http://tabl.com


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London Evening Standard 20th January 2015

Lovely little piece on The Manservant in todays Evening Standard. Apparently it’s being hailed as “50 Shades of Gay” !


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Gone But Not Forgotten


When I was writing The Manservant I had no idea what I was doing. I had a great story in my head but I didn’t really know  anything about the technicalities of writing a book.

The good news is that what I lacked in know how I more than made up for in enthusiasm. I wrote every day until it was finished but that alone wasn’t enough to make a book good enough to catch the eye of a publisher.

Thankfully I had a trump card up my sleeve and her name was Clare Cathcart. She was the only person I showed my manuscript to and the only person whose opinion I really trusted. She painstakingly read every draft and held nothing back when it came to making comments and recommendations.

Without her input I might have just written a first draft, put it in a drawer and forgotten about it like so many authors do but that was never going to happen on Clare’s watch.

She was bossy, feisty to a fault and would not accept anything less than my very best efforts. Its thanks to her that my tatty manuscript full of dodgy grammar and spelling mistakes got knocked into shape and became the thing I am bursting with pride about.

Clare died from an asthma attack in October 2014 so The Manservant is dedicated to her.

The picture below is of her with the other person it is dedicated to, my partner Alan – equally special and thankfully still with us.


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Happy New Year! Shiny New Web Site

Its a new year and a new web site.

I’ve got high hopes for 2015 not least of all because my debut novel ‘The Manservant’ comes out at the end of February. Excited doesn’t even begin to cover it.


Here is just a litle taster:

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. . .

I don’t normally go in for New Years Resolutions but this year I’m making an exception.

I’m working hard on my second novel and I’ve resolved to have it finished by Easter so I’ll keep you posted along the way

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