BPA editor Frances Merivale enjoyed working on the novel back in 2019, and the whole team at BPA is delighted that The Servant is now in readers’ hands. We are also thrilled that Maggie was the winner of the Historical Writers’ Award 2020 Unpublished Novel Award.
Imogen Robertson, author of Instruments of Darkness, described The Servant as, ‘A gripping immersive crime drama with a heroine you’ll be rooting for from the first line.’
Young Hannah Hubert may be the granddaughter of a French merchant and the daughter of a Spitalfields silk weaver, but she has come down in the world. Sent one spring day as maidservant to a disgraced aristocrat, she finds herself in a house full of mysteries – with a locked room and strange auctions being held behind closed doors. As a servant, she has little power but – unknown to her employers – she can read. And it is only when she uses her education to uncover the secrets of the house, that she realises the peril she is in.