Hangover Square

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A pitch-black comedy set in London overshadowed by the looming threat of the Second World War, Patrick Hamilton’s Hangover Square includes an introduction by J.B. Priestley in Penguin Modern Classics.

London, 1939, and in the grimy publands of Earls 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 realizes, 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.

Patrick Hamilton (1904-1962) was one of the most gifted and admired writers of his generation.

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