The Slaves of Solitude

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Paperback $15.95

NYRB Classics | Feb 20, 2007 | 256 Pages | 5 x 8 | ISBN 9781590172209

  • Paperback$15.95

    NYRB Classics | Feb 20, 2007 | 256 Pages | 5 x 8 | ISBN 9781590172209

Praise

"Patrick Hamilton is the great forgotten man of 1930s and 1940s fiction." –Time Out London

"One of Hamilton’s finest novels…The Slaves of Solitude is a pitch-perfect comedy, in which all the passions and tensions of war are enacted in a seedy boarding house in Henley-on-Thames." —The Independent

"I enjoyed every page of this novel, and have never had the pleasure of seeing the panoply of loneliness and depression employed to such brilliant comic effect." —Katherine Powers, The Boston Globe

“The author sketches the everyday with a deft, often comedic touch, yet never loses sight of the ultimate pathos of the human condition.” —Newsday

"A welcome opportunity for contemporary readers to discover [Patrick Hamilton]…The author sketches the everyday with a deft, often comedic touch, yet never loses sight of the ultimate pathos of the human condition." —Los Angeles Times

“Gritty, real, tough, and sardonic…. If you were looking to fly from Dickens to Martin Amis with just one overnight stop, then Hamilton is your man.” —Nick Hornby

"My favourites are the novels which capture the gloom, grubbiness and paranoia of Forties London life—for example…Patrick Hamilton’s fabulously poignant The Slaves of Solitude and Hangover Square." —Sarah Waters

“Patrick Hamilton is being revived again. And it looks serious this time… JB Priestley was an early supporter. Hamilton’s book The West Pier was generously described by Graham Greene as "the best novel ever written about Brighton". He was John Betjeman’s favourite contemporary novelist. Writers from Julie Burchill to Doris Lessing are warm admirers. Biographer Michael Holroyd has written numerous essays and introductions. Nick Hornby recently described him as ‘my new best friend’.” —The Independent

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