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Summary

London, 1939, and in the grimy publands of Earl's Court, George Harvey Bone is pursuing a helpless infatuation.

Netta is cool, contemptuous and hopelessly desirable to George. George is adrift in a drunken hell except in his dead moments, when something goes click in his head and he realises, without a doubt, that he must kill her.

In the darkly comic Hangover Square, Patrick Hamilton brilliantly evokes a seedy, fog-bound world of saloon bars, lodging houses and boozing philosophers, immortalising the slang and conversational tone of a whole generation and capturing the premonitions of doom that pervaded London life in the months before the war.

©2016 Patrick Hamilton (P)2016 Little Brown Book Group

Critic reviews

"I recommend Hamilton at every opportunity, because he was such a wonderful writer and yet is rather under-read today. All his novels are terrific." (Sarah Waters)

"If you were looking to fly from Dickens to Martin Amis with just one overnight stop, then Hamilton is your man." (Nick Hornby)

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Fine novel

This is a fine, sad novel, beautifully read - nuanced and attentive to Hamilton's prose: bitter, bleak and involving

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Netta's friends

Don't know how I came across this book, but as others say this is a very moving and original novel, beautifully read and written. Reminded me a bit of Orwell's novels, that subtlety and immediacy you get which makes you feel you are living the drama yourself. Many thanks to whoever had the idea of publishing this novel as an audiobook and for choosing Piers Hampton who is an inspired choice as reader. Look forward to listening to more readings of Hamilton's books.

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A flawless performance of a beautiful book. So evocative and sad. One of my favourite audible experiences

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Fascinating study on relationships pre-war

Beautifully read, the story has a mesmerising rhythm that draws you along to the climax. The details of Pre-WWII London are fascinating 75 years on