Sarah Gilmartin


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Pushkin Press
4 May 2023
ISBN: 9781911590804
256 pages

From the publisher

‘Absolutely compelling. Every page fizzes with energy and observation’ Rebecca Wait, author of I’m Sorry You Feel That Way

‘A powerful and compelling novel from a very gifted writer’ Joseph O’Connor, author of My Father’s House

‘Consummately done. The prose is clean, crisp, perfectly-filleted; the pace and tension perfectly controlled, to the very last page’ Lucy Caldwell, author of Intimacies


The scorching, engrossing novel about the fallout from a scandal-struck high-end restaurant

When Hannah learns that famed chef Daniel Costello is facing accusations of sexual assault, she’s thrown back to the summer she spent waitressing at his high-end Dublin restaurant – the plush splendour of the dining rooms, the wild parties after service, the sizzling tension of the kitchens. But Hannah also remembers how the attention from Daniel soon morphed from kindness into something darker.

Now the restaurant is shuttered and Daniel is faced with the reality of a courtroom. His wife Julie is hiding from paparazzi lenses behind the bedroom curtains. Surrounded by the wreckage of the past, Daniel, Julie and Hannah are all forced to reconsider what happened at the restaurant. Their three different voices reveal a story of power and complicity, of the lies that we tell and the courage that it takes to face the truth.



‘A proper novel, each thread felt true… It’s been an excellent read’ *****
‘Acerbic, incisive’ *****
‘This book is superb’ *****
‘The characterisation is perceptive and incisive’ ****


‘Ferocious, minutely accurate, damning’ Ross Raisin, author of God’s Own Country

‘A hugely gripping literary page-turner. Sharp, visceral and shocking’ Claire Powell, author of At the Table

‘A brilliantly observed, immersive novel which tells the “me too” story from every angle’ Amber Medland, author of Wild Pets

Service is gripping, fearless and raw’ Una Mannion, author of A Crooked Tree

‘I raced through Service. Sarah Gilmartin is a smart, stylish and darkly funny writer’ Aingeala Flannery, author of The Amusements

‘I gorged every page… compelling and brilliant’ Victoria Kennefick