‘I enjoy the length and complexity of 19th century fiction,’ says Jasper Barry, ‘and when I began to run out of new novels to read I decided to write my own.’
‘I hope The Second Footman will appeal to the reader of literary fiction who likes something a bit lighter now and then,’ adds Barry, who has set the story in the 1880s, in the aristocratic hotels and chateaux of Paris, Bordeaux and the Loire. The novel is the first part of a planned trilogy: Barry is working on the second.
About the book:
France, 1880 – despite nearly a century of social upheaval, the aristocracy are still firmly entrenched in their hôtels and châteaux. Nineteen year-old Max is second footman to the duchesse de Claireville. But he does not intend to endure the indignities of service for long. He has a plan – to find an aristocratic patron who will become his unwitting accomplice in a spectacular fraud. Yet it is one thing to devise this plan and another to execute it: the noble guests who attend Mme de Claireville’
About the author: Jasper Barry lives in London, with one partner, three hooligan cats and too many books.