I ordered a copy of Patrick Hamilton’s Hangover Square because I couldn’t find mine. It was his first novel, basically about an alcoholic named George who suffers from a split personality. There’s a failed actress, Netta, who he is in love with, but when his personality switches he becomes overwhelmed with the urge to murder her. Set in 1939, days before England declares war on Germany, I think its a fascinating commentary on the psychological state of people existing in between peace and wartime.
What I find most interesting, though,is how the possibility of war looms throughout the whole novel, coming across the radio in every bar, as George’s psyche is breaking down, right along side the state of the nations.
What happens once war is declared? Read the book to find out. Get it here