Join us for an evening with
Monday 5th October, 6.30pm
Don't miss this chance to hear bestselling and Booker-nominated author Patrick deWitt read from and discuss his latest novel Undermajordomo Minor.
Tickets are £5 each - includes a glass of wine and 10% off the book on the night. Booking is essential. Reserve your place now via Eventbrite, or pop into the shop.
‘An electrifying adventure, both tender and profane. Nervy, hilarious and utterly unpredictable, Patrick deWitt has served up another dazzler’
Maria Semple, author of Where’d You Go Bernadette
Lucien Minor is the resident odd duck in the bucolic hamlet of Bury. Friendless and loveless, young and aimless, he is a compulsive liar and a melancholy weakling. When Lucy accepts employment assisting the majordomo of the remote, forebidding castle of the Baron Von Aux he meets thieves, madmen, aristocrats, and a puppy. He also meets Klara, a delicate beauty who is, unfortunately, already involved with an exceptionally handsome partisan soldier. Thus begins a tale of polite theft, bitter heartbreak, domestic mystery and cold-blooded murder in which every aspect of human behaviour is laid bare for our hero to observe.
Undermajordomo Minor is a riotous blend of Gothic romance and macabre fairy tale written in exquisitely fine prose. It is an adventure story, a mystery, and a searing portrayal of rural Alpine bad behaviour, but above all it is a love story. This triumphant ink-black comedy of manners will delight and thrill fans of The Sister’s Brothers and introduce many more to the brilliance of Patrick deWitt.
Patrick deWitt's first novel, Ablutions, was published by Granta Books in 2009. His second novel, The Sisters Brothers, won the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, the Governor General Literary Award and was shortlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize. He lives in Portland, Oregon.