'Well trained mansevant, 30-45 required by naturally assertive, elegant Lady, 45. The successful applicant will be obedient, courteous, self-controlled, well educated and fit.'
So begins the ad placed by the mysterious Jenna Derby.
When Steven replies to it, he doesn’t have any idea what kind of trouble lies in store for him.
But then neither does Ms Derby.
In this brilliant exploration of modern, urban sexuality, Sean Chapman creates a group of characters that are chilling yet totally believable. As Steven gets drawn into Ms Derby’s world, a ruthless game of personal satisfaction is about to be played out.
‘Ms Derby Requires’ is a memorable novella that will grip readers from the first page to the last.
It is coupled with a collection of shorter stories – Thanks Tony, Corrida and Anselm – to create the most dazzling literary debut of 2012.
Sean Chapman’s writing has been widely praised.
“I found it took me over and once I’d started reading it I hardly stopped.” – Sir Alan Bennett
“I read the book straight through on the plane and was completely absorbed and fascinated and entertained by it.” – Sir David Hare.
“Lovely stuff: accurate, sharp, painful.” – Simon Callow.
“Astute, interesting, compelling and moving.” – Julian Sands.
Sean Chapman is an experienced actor, who has starred in films such as Hellraiser and Joy Division, appeared in leading roles at the National Theatre and in the West End and has appeared frequently on television in programmes such as Midsommer Murders, Kavannagh QC and Absolutely Fabulous.