On Sale: August 1, 2017
Featuring: Lionel Savage; Vivien Lancaster
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Literature and Fiction
A funny, fantastically entertaining debut novel, in the
spirit of Wodehouse and Monty Python, about a famous poet
who mistakenly sells his wife to the devil—then recruits a
band of adventurers to rescue her.
When Lionel Savage, a popular poet in Victorian London,
learns from his butler that they’re broke, he marries the
beautiful Vivien Lancaster for her money, only to find
that his muse has abandoned him. Distraught and
contemplating suicide, Savage accidentally summons the
Devil—the polite “Gentleman” of the title—who appears at
one of the society parties Savage hates. The two hit it
off, but when the party’s over and Vivien has disappeared,
the poet concludes in horror that he must have
inadvertently sold his wife to the dark lord.
Newly in love with Vivien, Savage plans a rescue mission
to Hell that includes Simmons, the butler; Tompkins, the
bookseller; Ashley Lancaster, swashbuckling Buddhist; and
Savage’s spirited kid sister, Lizzie, freshly booted from
boarding school for a “dalliance.” Throughout, his
cousin’s quibbling footnotes to the text push the story
into comedy nirvana. Fresh, action-packed and very, very
funny, The Gentleman is a giddy farce that recalls the
masterful confections of P.G. Wodehouse and Hergé’s
beautifully detailed Tintin adventures.
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