The Manservant by Michael Harwood

the manservantBlurb from goodreads, please scroll down for my review.

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.  Received from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Review


I was a little surprised with the content, very soft homosexual sex with sadomasochism. I was expecting something else after I read the blurb of the book. , the only work the might come close in the description is saucy. It is actually a well written book, but not a subject I would have chosen if I had known before picking it up. There is little to no character development, but it is not a book that requires it. But I didn´t dislike it, the reason for the 2 stars is that it didn´t fit in with the blurb. I liked the main character, I have some friends who are similar in their lifestyles, with the shopping I mean at least. This is actually a book of power and money. The cover is great as is the title. It is a short book, I finished it in around 2 hours.

netgalley copy


About the author

Michael Harwood is one of the UK’s most sought after private chefs, with clients on both sides of the Atlantic as well as a twice-published cookbook author.

After twenty years of cooking for the rich and famous, his first novel will be published by Kensington in 2015.
‘The Manservant’ is a contemporary tale full of scandal and romance, exploring the perennially popular subject of the master and servant relationship.


About the book

  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (February 24, 2015)
  • Sold by:Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00M4ASSE4

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