Thursday, October 6, 2022

Williamsburg Author Publishes First Book—26 Years After Writing It

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JAMES CITY-Fans of “Downton Abbey” may wish to pick up a copy of a new book by local author Ann Morrill.

The Williamsburg-based writer first finished her book “A Gentleman’s Gentleman” back in 1996 but set it aside to focus on family and other life obligations. Earlier this year, as retirement drew near, Morrill decided to return to writing and dug out her pages and notes.

“Several months ago, a friend of mine who had read it originally said I should revisit it,” Morrill said. “I thought it was an interesting idea. I took the manuscript out of my drawer, where it had been sitting for many, many years.”

Motivated by her faith, Morrill sat at her kitchen table on the weekends and sifted through the book chapter by chapter, revising and updating the story. “A Gentleman’s Gentleman” is set in London post World War II and shares the tale of William Cooke, a valet who accepts a position in the home of Colonel Alec Mallory, a retired British military doctor and biochemist.

“It’s about the friendship that develops between the two, and the transformation of going from being someone’s servant to being someone’s friend and confidant,” Morrill said. “It has a lot of twists and turns.”

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