Undermajordomo Minor

  • by Patrick deWitt
  • Narrated by Simon Prebble
  • 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Lucien (Lucy) Minor is the resident odd duck in the bucolic hamlet of Bury. Friendless and loveless, he is a compulsive liar and a weakling. When Lucy accepts employment assisting the majordomo of the remote, foreboding castle of the Baron Von Aux, he meets thieves, madmen, aristocrats, and a puppy.
Thus begins a tale of polite theft, bitter heartbreak, domestic mystery and cold-blooded murder....

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What the Critics Say

"Confirms deWitt as one of the most talented young writers around." (Sunday Times on The Sisters Brothers)
"Wonderfully funny and original." (Spectator on The Sisters Brothers)

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Customer Reviews

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A very enjoyable tale

Great, funny, creepy, very well narrated. And worth it for the dinner party scene alone :)
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- Mr

I am still thinking about it

After Ablutions and Sisters Brothers I was at first excited, then became progressively more disappointed as I read, then expectant again believing I was being set up for some marvellously contrasting event, then curious, then questioning again. Eventually I found myself wishing I could call Patrick and ask; Why Patrick did you do this? Is it an early story that you feel you can now publish? Or were you trying to avoid sensationalism and uniqueness in your writing as a discipline, a personal challenge to write of the ordinary more beautifully than of the beautiful? Were you playing God looking down on your happy place? Your fantasy world? A world you withdraw to?

The point though, is that I am still thinking about this story, and this place. I think we all have our own fairy tale lands and they often have Easts and Wests and mountains and snow and train carriages with compartments for us to live simple lives without everyday gewgaws to distract us while we keep the machine turning and where we are not frustrated by our place within the world.

I once wrote of my own land, in one paragraph, one day while bored at work, which was similar geographically with mountains and snow, and with a kind encouraging and benevolent ruler who advocated self development, though unfortunately I was unable to achieve this as my boss didn't share these views, being from the crappy kingdom next door.

My review title does not mean I am trying to decide the title, it means I am, and will be for some time, thinking about this story.

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- Gerard the dog

Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-01-2016
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks