Free Shipping In the UK
Currency:
GBP £ GBP
Christmas Delivery | Want Free Shipping in time for Christmas? Order by midday on 16th December (UK only)
The Servants By Michael Marshall Smith

The Servants
by Michael Marshall Smith

In Stock
£2.39

A uniquely dark and elegant tale that illuminates the loneliness of childhood, the pain of loss and the power of imagination. It will charm and haunt its readers in equal measure.

Only 3 left

The Servants Summary


The Servants by Michael Marshall Smith

A uniquely dark and elegant tale that illuminates the loneliness of childhood, the pain of loss and the power of imagination. It will charm and haunt its readers in equal measure.

Eleven-year-old Mark is bored. He spends his days on the Brighton sea-front, practicing on his skate-board. His mother is too ill to leave the house, and his stepfather is determined that Mark shouldn't disturb her. So when the old lady who lives in the flat downstairs introduces him to rock cakes and offers to show him a secret, he's happy to indulge her.

The old lady takes a large, old-fashioned key and leads Mark down a dusty corridor to a heavy door. Beyond the door is a world completely alien to Mark's understanding. For behind the old lady's tiny apartment, the house's original servants' quarters are still entirely intact, although derelict. Mark finds himself strangely drawn to this window onto the past, and when, the next time he visits, the old lady falls asleep, he steals the key and goes to visit the servants' quarters alone.

And suddenly Mark's life takes a bizarre turn, as the past seems to collide with the present, dreams invade reality and truths become apparent to this hitherto unperceiving boy.

Why buy from World of Books

Our excellent value books literally don't cost the earth
Free delivery in the UK
Read more here
Every used book bought is one saved from landfill

The Servants Reviews


`Superb, offbeat contemporary fantasy ... Smith portrays a child's irrational anger with devastating accuracy, and Mark's visits to the surreal and intensely symbolic world of the servants are powerfully depicted' Publishers Weekly

`A touchingly sweet book that refuses to give easy answers or cheap twists. A perfect rainy-day read that'll leave you with a lump in your throat' SFX

`Damn good storytelling ...beautifully conceived and utterly real' Fortean Times

`This moving parable delivers strong psychological insights into a child's powerlessness and anger' Entertainment Weekly

`A charming and eerie fantasy' Sun Herald (Australia)

About Michael Marshall Smith


M M Smith is also know as Michael Marshall, author of the internationally bestselling novels `The Straw Men', The Lonely Dead' and `Blood of Angels'. Before that, he had already established a successful career under the name Michael Marshall Smith: his groundbreaking first novel, `Only Forward', won the Philip K. Dick and August Derleth Awards, and its critically acclaimed successors `Spares' and `One of Us' have been optioned by major Hollywoood studios. He lives in North London with his wife, son and two cats.

Additional information

GOR001422781
The Servants by Michael Marshall Smith
Michael Marshall Smith
Used - Very Good
Paperback
HarperCollins Publishers
2009-02-05
240
0007261942
9780007261949
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.