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The Slaves of Solitude

The Slaves of Solitude

‘All his novels are terrific, but this one is my favourite’ Sarah Waters

Measuring out the wartime days in a small town on the Thames, Miss Roach is not unattractive but no longer quite young. The Rosamund Tea Rooms boarding house, where she lives with half a dozen others, is as grey and lonely as its residents. For Miss Roach, ‘slave of her task-master, solitude’, a shaft of not altogether welcome light is suddenly beamed upon her, with the appearance of a charismatic and emotional American Lieutenant. With him comes change – tipping the precariously balanced society of the house and presenting Miss Roach herself with a dilemma.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 12th January 2017

Price: £9.99

ISBN-13: 9780349141541


Dark, hilarious & utterly brilliant
Val Hennessy, Daily Mail
Patrick Hamilton's tale of life in a wartime boarding house strikes the perfect balance between poignancy and dark hilarity
Rachel Cooke, Guardian
A claustrophobic, drily comic classic
Fiona Wilson, The Times