Hangover Square: A Story of Darkest Earl's Court

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Penguin Books Limited, Jun 28, 2001 - Fiction - 288 pages
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London 1939, and in the grimy publands of Earls Court, George Harvey Bone is pursuing a helpless infatuation with Netta who is cool, contemptuous and hopelessly desirable to George. George is adrift in hell, until something goes click in his head and he realizes that he must kill her.

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User Review  - hazelk - LibraryThing

I was totally engrossed in this novel set in 1939 and publshed in 1941. I suppose one could despair of the main character, George Harvey Bone, and at times one does feel like throwing something at him ... Read full review

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User Review  - hazzabamboo - LibraryThing

Not a great novel, but a good one. George Harvey Bone is a compellingly pathetic character - I identified quickly with his weaknesses and liked him for his strengths. His environment, the pubs and ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Patrick Hamilton was one of the most gifted and admired writers of his generation. Born in Hassocks, Sussex, in 1904, he and his parents moved a short while later to Hove, where he spent his early years. He published his first novel, Craven House, in 1926 and within a few years had established a wide readership for himself. Despite personal setbacks and an increasing problem with drink, he was able to write some of his best work. His plays include the thrillers Rope (1929), on which Alfred Hitchcock's film of the same name was based, and Gas Light (1939), also successfully adapted for the screen (1939), and a historical drama, The Duke in Darkness (1943). Among his novels are The Midnight Bell (1929); The Siege of Pleasure (1932); The Plains of Cement (1934); a trilogy entitled Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky (1935); Hangover Square (1941); The Slaves of Solitude (1947); and The West Pier (1951), Mr Stimpson and Mr Gorse (1953) and Unknown Assailant (1955), which together comprise The Gorse Trilogy.

J. B. Priestley described Patrick Hamilton as uniquely individual ... He is the novelist of innocence, appallingly vulnerable, and of malevolence, coming out of some mysterious darkness of evil.' Patrick Hamilton died in 1962.

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