The House of Marvellous Books
Coming 19 May 2022
Tucked away in a near-derelict library in the centre of London, The House of Marvellous Books is a publishing house on the brink of financial disaster. With assistant Ursula asleep at her desk, head publisher Gerard going health and safety mad, and chief editor Drusilla focused on finding a supposedly priceless but famously missing manuscript, there is hardly anyone left to steer the ship.
Young Mortimer Blakeley-Smith, junior editor, charts the descent of the House in his logbook as it lurches from one failure to the next. Will mysterious Russian buyers, lurking in the wings, finally sink the ship? Or will Drusilla find the legendary Daybreak Manuscript and save the day?
With witty and sharp observations, Fiona Vigo Marshall draws upon a career spent working in small publishing houses to create a laugh-out-loud ode to the publishing industry.
‘With richly textured prose ripe with delightful irony, Marshall has produced a quirky and hugely enjoyable read taking the reader into the world of publishing with all its eccentricities. With a flurry of colourful and well-drawn characters, this is a joyride of a novel which will have its readers smiling throughout.’ — Jac Shreeves-Lee, author of Broadwater
‘Fiona Vigo Marshall’s bookish jeu d’esprit, is hugely entertaining, in which the hapless Mortimer charts the decline of a once-great publishing house in his diary. In a book full of funny lines and set pieces and memorable characters the House itself is a marvellous concoction. You can smell the medieval timbers and the leather and vellum of its venerable book collection as you read.’ — Gill Darling, author of Erringby
‘A must-read, rib-tickling, uproarious satire – and a quest for the one book that will make all the difference.’ — Peter Tyler, Emeritus Professor of Community Psychiatry and Consultant in Transformation Psychiatry, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust