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Digital (deliver electronic) / ISBN-13: 9781472299369

Price: £16.99

ON SALE: 6th July 2023

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Historical Fiction

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‘Delightfully mischievous’ THE TIMES
‘Flawless, lawless fun’ KIRAN MILLWOOD HARGRAVE
‘Meet the most likeable group of criminals since Robin Hood’s Merry Men’ NINA DE GRAMONT

When Mrs King, housekeeper to the most illustrious home in Mayfair, is suddenly dismissed after years of loyal service, she knows just who to recruit to help her take revenge.

A black-market queen out to settle her scores. An actress desperate for a magnificent part. A seamstress dreaming of a better life. And Mrs King’s predecessor, who has been keeping the dark secrets of Park Lane far too long.

Mrs King has an audacious plan in mind, one that will reunite her women in the depths of the house on the night of a magnificent ball – and play out right under the noses of her former employers…


Dazzling, stylish and wildly entertaining, The Housekeepers lets loose an outlandish alliance of women you’ll never forget…

‘Imagine Ocean’s 8 had an illegitimate baby with Fingersmith – a big fat diamond of a book’ ERIN KELLY
‘Plenty of twists and a great deal of fun, this is the perfect holiday read’ GUARDIAN
‘Hell hath no fury like a housekeeper scorned . . . this novel is unputdownable’ HOUSE BEAUTIFUL
‘The strong, determined and memorable female characters pull you into their web of intrigue’ JENNIFER SAINT
‘A page-turning delight from beginning to end’ RED
‘Fast paced and inventive, it’s a rip-roaring tale of revenge and righteous restitution’ DAILY MAIL

And readers LOVE The Housekeepers…

‘Full disclosure: this WILL be in my top reads this year’ ⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐
‘Pure pleasure, I loved it’ ⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐
‘The characters jump off the page’ ⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐
‘Totally enthralling from start to finish’ ⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐
‘Characters – fabulous. Plot – fabulous. Attention to detail – fabulous. Twists in the tale – fabulous’ ⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐

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Punch-the-air good, this is the Edwardian heist novel you never knew you needed. Flawless, lawless fun
Kiran Millwood Hargrave
A glamorous historical heist novel that kept me hooked 'til the last page. The strong, determined and memorable female characters pull you into their web of intrigue
Jennifer Saint
Vivid characterisation, irresistible historical detail and a rip-roaring plot... delivers on every page. Sensational!
Emma Stonex
Imagine Ocean's 8 had an illegitimate baby with Fingersmith - a big fat diamond of a book, sharp and shiny, joyful and generous
Erin Kelly
A deliciously clever novel that will place you in the finest homes and meanest streets of 1905 London. Prepare to grow hungrier for justice with every page you turn
Nina de Gramont
A rollicking romp of a book, tinged with fury, sadness and mischievous delight
Claire North
Entirely original: an upstairs-downstairs premise set in Edwardian London, but with an Ocean's Eleven-like heist at its core... anyone who relishes a good party gone wrong will devour this
Sarah Penner
I cannot tell you how much fun you'll have with this book
Bobby Palmer
I'll miss these resourceful, cunning ladies, the strength of their sisterhood (both literal and figurative) and their collective pursuit of freedom. I badly needed them to win and cheered myself hoarse by the end
Chikodili Emelumadu
I love everything about Alex Hay's novel... not only is The Housekeepers a rollicking good read, it's also a reminder to the powerful to ignore the downtrodden at their peril. Bravo
Stephanie Butland
This twisty heist caper is a delightfully mischievous debut
The Times
Downton meets Ocean's 8
A page-turning delight from beginning to end
Tremendously fun
i Paper
A brilliantly entertaining tale of revenge, with fabulous characters - this is a riotous underworld adventure
This Edwardian heist story is such a fun read!
Good Housekeeping
Hay brings a lively tempo and an elegant wit to this zippy thriller that is also a social commentary on the plight of the powerless
Washington Post
This is the perfect holiday read
Wildly entertaining . . . an irresistible, deliciously audacious premise