One More Round
In a trio of novels, Patrick Hamilton offered deft portraits of the English working class as World War II descended. Their republication introduces us to the odd, booze-drenched world of a terrific British writer.
Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky:
A London Trilogy
by Patrick Hamilton
$17.95 List Price
Over buttered scones and crumpets
Weeping, weeping multitudes
Droop in a hundred A.B.C.'s.
—T. S. Eliot, "A Cooking Egg"
When Patrick Hamilton wrote to his brother, Bruce, of the "magnifying influence of beer—the neurotics' microscope," he wasn't blowing smoke; he was faithfully expressing what for him had assumed the knife-sharp form of dogma. For Hamilton, one of the hardest-drinking authors of the twentieth century,
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