|About the Book|
A (very) novel of English Country House life circa 1932, a kind of parody and pastiche of Downton Abbey where the trials and tribulations of the upstairs and downstairs take place beneath the calm exterior of English upper class life... no, notMoreA (very) novel of English Country House life circa 1932, a kind of parody and pastiche of Downton Abbey where the trials and tribulations of the upstairs and downstairs take place beneath the calm exterior of English upper class life... no, not really: how can this be when Sir George Gently-Blowing, owner of the house, is an eccentric inventor who has no idea that aliens from another galaxy want one of his inventions - intended for the catering industry - in order to end a war that had spanned generations? His son has an interest in the occult that brings a fake druid with real power (of which he is unaware) to the house, while his sister pursues her sporting obsessions and her children make a movie in the ground using the staff. Below stairs, Daisy the parlourmaid has marriage and blackmail on her mind, while Conny the cook dreams of Mrs Beeton and a guest house in Brighton with Arthur the Butler. Arthur dreams of being able to leave the house without the law - from whom he has been hiding since 1919 - catching up with him. Hes safe with the local law enforcement as it consists of a Chilean exile who dreams of joining a danceband and would rather play saxophone than chase criminals. Add to this a feminist secretary and an alien spy who falls in love with her, and a past owner of the house who intends to use his occult and time traveling powers to win it back, and you have a country house that would make Julian Fellowes, Evelyn Waugh, Terry Pratchett and maybe even PG Wodehouse blanch: Nancy Mitford might have liked it, though. Named originally after the perilous chasm that lurks at its back, the house is now known as Hangover Hall, for equally perilous reasons... And yet, does fate have a reversion to type lurking in the wings? Maybe a perusal of the pages may reveal all... An oddly endearing meta-fiction where historical fiction, steampunk, wit, satire, fantasy and science fiction meet in the period between two world wars, blithely ignoring both what has happened and what is yet to be.