Hangover Square - or - The Man with Two Minds - A Tale of Darkest Earl's Court in the year 1939
Hangover Square is a 1941 novel by English playwright and novelist Patrick Hamilton. A black comedy, it is often cited as Hamilton's finest novel, exemplifying the author's concerns over social inequalities, the rise of Fascism and the hovering doom of World War II. The main character is George Harvey Bone, a lonely borderline alcoholic who has a form of dissociative identity disorder, referred to in the text as a "dead mood". An alternative diagnosis is temporal lobe epilepsy. He is obsessed with gaining the affections of Netta, a failed actress and one of George's circle of acquaintances with whom he drinks. Netta is repelled by George but, being greedy and manipulative, she and a mutual acquaintance, Peter, shamelessly exploit George's advances to extract money and drink from him. During his disordered episodes, he is convinced he must kill Netta for the way she treats him.
First Edition (first printing UK); 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall; Red titles spine; contents list etc. to front; 2 pages publisher's adverts. to rear; a few brown marks to spine; Some light wear to top & bottom of spine; very slightly cocked.
Author Hamilton, Patrick
Binding Hardcover (Original Grey Cloth)
Publisher Constable, London
Condition Fair (no dustjacket)
Pages vii + 356 + 2