Publish Date: 1989 Awards: 1989 Booker Prize for Fiction
Stevens is an English butler who spent his life to the service of the recently deceased Lord Darlington. Encouraged to take a well-earned vacation, he decides to visit Miss Kenton, the former housekeeper at Darlington Hall. During the journey, he ponders about his former master, a Nazi sympathiser undeserving of his unflinching loyalty, his late father, and Miss Kenton herself, to whom he never admitted his true feelings. Stevens is left musing over missed opportunities, but a stranger encourages him to stop dwelling on the past and embrace “the remains of the day”.