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The Threat Level Remains Severe

Rowena Macdonald
Publisher: Aardvark Bureau
10th July 2017

This year’s smart summer read….

A committee assistant who has worked at the House of Commons for 16 years is set to reveal the secret passions behind the closed doors of the corridors of power in her debut novel, The Threat Level Remains Severe. Part thriller and part observation on the worlds of work and dating, The Threat Level Remains Severe is a smart summer read with a Bridget Jones-esque heroine but also a satirical behind-the-scenes look at Westminster.

Grace Ambrose, Brett Beamish and Reuben Swift appear to have little in common. For arty, liberal-minded House of Commons Secretary Grace, working life is cosy but dull and she knows she can do something better…but what? New recruit, Brett, an ambitious Australian, is on a mission to shake up the dusty backrooms of power but quickly irritates Grace with his brand of smooth-talking, fast-paced charm. And into the mix comes Reuben Swift; Grace’s secret ‘email’ admirer. Soulful, enigmatic and possessed of many talents….is he too good to be true?

For fans of Bridget Jones everywhere…The Threat Level Remains Severe is a smart, funny, black comedy about working life and the perils of dating in the 21st century.

Praise for Rowena Macdonald
Sharp and entertaining’ Carys Bray, author of A Song for Issy Bradley
A stylish, bleakly funny and sad, acutely observed contemporary drama’ Shena Mackay

About the Author:
Rowena Macdonald lives with her family in East London and has worked at the House of Commons for 16 years. After studying at Sussex University, she trained as a journalist but won a short story competition run by the Asham Award in 1998 and decided to turn her attention to fiction. She lived in Montreal whilst writing her first (as-yet unpublished) novel and worked variously as a waitress, bartender and life-model before moving back to London and securing a job as a secretary at the House of Commons. She wrote her debut short story collection, Smoked Meat (Flambard Press), during her first few years back in London. This was shortlisted for the 2012 Edge Hill Prize.