The Gorse Trilogy

These three novels are shot through with the brooding menace and sense of bleak inevitability so characteristic of the author. There is also vivid satire and caustic humour.

Author: Patrick Hamilton

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0349141509

Category: Fiction

Page: 864

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'I recommend Hamilton at every opportunity, because he was such a wonderful writer and yet is rather under-read today. All his novels are terrific' Sarah Waters 'If you were looking to fly from Dickens to Martin Amis with just one overnight stop, then Hamilton is your man' Nick Hornby Ernest Ralph Gorse's heartlessness and lack of scruple are matched only by the inventiveness and panache with which he swindles his victims. With great deftness and precision Hamilton exposes how his dupes' own naivete, snobbery or greed make them perfect targets. These three novels are shot through with the brooding menace and sense of bleak inevitability so characteristic of the author. There is also vivid satire and caustic humour. Gorse is thought to be based on the real-life murderer Neville Heath, hanged in 1946.

Hangover Square

... which form a trilogy entitled Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky (1935);
Hangover Square (1941); and The Slaves of Solitude (1947). The Gorse Trilogy
is made up of The West Pier, MrSampson and Mr Gorse and Unknown Assailant,

Author: Patrick Hamilton

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141956402

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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London 1939, and in the grimy publands of Earls Court, George Harvey Bone is pursuing a helpless infatuation with Netta who is cool, contemptuous and hopelessly desirable to George. George is adrift in hell, until something goes click in his head and he realizes that he must kill her.

Impromptu in Moribundia

novels include the masterpiece Hangover Square, The Midnight Bell, The Plains
of Cement, The Siege of Pleasure, a trilogy entitled Twenty Thousand Streets
Under the Sky and The Gorse Trilogy, made up of The West Pier, Mr Stimpson
and ...

Author: Patrick Hamilton

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0349141630

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

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'I recommend Hamilton at every opportunity, because he was such a wonderful writer and yet is rather under-read today. All his novels are terrific' Sarah Waters 'If you were looking to fly from Dickens to Martin Amis with just one overnight stop, then Hamilton is your man' Nick Hornby Impromptu in Moribundia is a satirical fable about one (nameless) man's trespass (through a fantastical machine called the 'Asteradio') into a parallel universe on a far-off planet where the 'miserably dull affairs of England' are mirrored and transformed into an apparent idyll of bourgeois English imagination. Moribundia is the 'physical enactment of the stereotypes and myths of English middle-class culture and consciousness.' Yet the narrator comes to discover that he has stumbled among a people characterised by 'cupidity, ignorance, complacence, meanness, ugliness, short-sightedness, cowardice, credulity, hysteria and, when the occasion called for it . . . cruelty and blood-thirstiness.

The Slaves of Solitude

That perennial of the 1920s bourgeoisie, the 'servant problem', is never far from
the surface, and tensions crescendo gradually to a resolution one climactic
dinnertime. The Gorse Trilogy Patrick Hamilton Ernest Ralph Gorse's
heartlessness ...

Author: Patrick Hamilton

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 034914155X

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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'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.

The Problem with Pleasure

... and characters in novels, 162–165, 169– 170; and dysphoria, 163–164, 168;
and enjoyment of frustration/frustration of enjoyment, 171, 180–181; The Gorse
Trilogy, 184; Hangover Square, 162, 167–168, 170, 184; Impromptu in
Moribundia, ...

Author: Laura Frost

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231526466

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

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Aldous Huxley decried "the horrors of modern 'pleasure,'" or the proliferation of mass produced, widely accessible entertainment that could degrade or dull the mind. He and his contemporaries, including James Joyce, T. S. Eliot, Gertrude Stein, D. H. Lawrence, and Jean Rhys, sought to radically redefine pleasure, constructing arduous and indirect paths to delight through their notoriously daunting work. Laura Frost follows these experiments in the art of unpleasure, connecting modernism's signature characteristics, such as irony, allusiveness, and obscurity, to an ambitious attempt to reconfigure bliss. In The Problem with Pleasure, Frost draws upon a wide variety of materials, linking interwar amusements, such as the talkies, romance novels, the Parisian fragrance Chanel no. 5, and the exotic confection Turkish Delight, to the artistic play of Joyce, Lawrence, Stein, Rhys, and others. She considers pop cultural phenomena and the rise of celebrities such as Rudolph Valentino and Gypsy Rose Lee against contemporary sociological, scientific, and philosophical writings on leisure and desire. Throughout her study, Frost incorporates recent scholarship on material and visual culture and vernacular modernism, recasting the period's high/low, elite/popular divides and formal strategies as efforts to regulate sensual and cerebral experience. Capturing the challenging tensions between these artists' commitment to innovation and the stimulating amusements they denounced yet deployed in their writing, Frost calls attention to the central role of pleasure in shaping interwar culture.

The King Arthur Trilogy Book Two Warrior of the West

Built to facilitate the movement of men at war, the road stretched out ahead of
Artor's cavalry, straight and wide, over the gorse-covered slopes leading towards
Aquae Sulis. Winter still clutched at the land, although the snow had gone, ...

Author: M. K. Hume

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476715203

Category: Fiction

Page: 517

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Finally banishing the Saxon scourge from his lands, King Arthur, uniting Celtic Britain at last, finds his reign threatened from within by both his bitter queen and second wife, Wenhaver, and a traitor, and, with Merlin gone, must decide how best to proceed if he wishes to see Britain stand strong. Original.

Patrick Hamilton

Charles Dickens also died in his 58th year , entombed in Westminster Abbey ,
with his coffin covered with his favourite flower – scarlet geraniums . The Gorse
Trilogy In spite of his worldly astuteness , he may have lived , perhaps , like so
many ...

Author: John Harding




Page: 103

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Provides an appraisal of Hamilton's major novels as well as his successful stage plays, Rope and Gaslight. This title draws on the views of a variety of commentators, including Michael Holroyd, Doris Lessing, Claud Coburn and many others as well as considering how Hamilton's political beliefs affected his work.

The British National Bibliography

Author: Arthur James Wells



Category: Bibliography, National


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North Soho 999

THE GORSE TRILOGY ( The West Pier ; Mr Stimpson and Mr Gorse ; Unknown
Assailant ) Patrick Hamilton The Gorse Trilogy follows the fortunes of a petty
swindler and charmer , Earnest Ralph Gorse ( based on the real - life con - man
and ...

Author: Paul Willetts

Publisher: Dewi Lewis Pub


Category: True Crime

Page: 272

View: 954

A surprisingly topical non-fiction account of the murder that came to symbolise the crimewave threatening to overwhelm post-war London. It is the untold story of a Soho robbery and shooting carried out by a 17 year old and his two young accomplices. Much of the worldwide press reaction at the time focussed on the breakdown of law and order, rising youth crime, the spread of illegal firearms and the deterrent value of capital punishment - concerns that are frequently echoed today.

Cult Fiction

The Gorse trilogy featured probably his most famous creation , the conman
Ernest Ralph Gorse . Doris Lessing believed that Hamilton ' wrote more sense
about England in the 1930s than anybody else I can think of , and his novels are
true ...

Author: Andrew Calcutt

Publisher: Prion (GB)


Category: Authors

Page: 303

View: 109

What makes a novel cult?: drink and drugs; sex and rock 'n' roll?; a window on subcultures?; the ability to tap into the zeitgeist? This book provides an insight into the cult canon assessing 250 authors who have pioneered experiments in style and content, from Kathy Acker and Nelson Algren via Burroughs and Bukowski to Tom Wolfe and Irvine Welsh.


... Hamil“ Gorse , when lounging at the end of an expensive bar , nearly ton's first
publisher - Michael Sadleir of Constable & Co.always wore a monocle and
looked like a curious , undis and certain reviewers as to the nature of the Gorse
trilogy ...

Author: Stephen Spender



Category: Periodicals


View: 344


... undis and certain reviewers as to the nature of the Gorse trilogy . tinguished
mixture between Bertie Wooster and Satan ” , he The central character is referred
to several times as “ satanic ” wrote halfway through the second instalment .






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The Damiano Trilogy

... of that hill one could see Partestrada down in the cup of the valley, where the
Evançon ran under this road. He had stood there in summer twilight and watched
the lamps twinkle through the soft air. Plunging into the snow-sprinkled gorse at.

Author: R. A. MacAvoy

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 149767784X

Category: Fiction

Page: 744

View: 926

An alternate-history fantasy of faith and wizardry set during the Italian Renaissance from the author of Tea with the Black Dragon. Discover three novels of magic—light and dark—from a winner of the John W. Campbell and Philip K. Dick awards. In Damiano, our hero is Damiano Dalstrego, a wizard’s son, an alchemist, and the heir to dark magics. But he is also an innocent, a young scholar and musician befriended by the Archangel Raphael, who instructs him in the lute. To save his beloved city from war, Damiano leaves his cloistered life and sets out on a pilgrimage, seeking the aid of a powerful sorceress as he walks the narrow path between light and shadow, accompanied only by his talking dog. But his road is filled with betrayal, disillusionment, and death . . . In Damiano’s Lute, shattered by the demonic fury of his dark powers, Damiano has forsaken his magical heritage to live as a mortal man. With the guidance of the Archangel Raphael, the chidings of a brash young rogue, and the memory of a beautiful pagan witch, he journeys across a plague-ridden French countryside in search of peace. But the Father of Lies reaches out once again . . . In Raphael, weakened by his contact with mortals, the Archangel Raphael falls prey to Lucifer, who strips him of his angelic powers. Sold in the Moorish slave markets, confused and humbled by his sudden humanity, Raphael finds his only solace in the friendship of a Berber woman—and the spiritual guardianship of his former pupil Damiano Delstrego. Now available in one volume, this epic of demons, dragons, romance, and heroic adventure is a saga you will never forget.

The Printer s Devil

He produced a trilogy ( which was supposed to be a quartet , but remained
unfinished ) tracing the criminal career of an Iagoesque villain , Ernest Ralph
Gorse , through the novels The West Pier , Mr Stimpson and Mr Gorse and finally




Category: English literature


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Books to Die For

In fact, the first novel of his Gorse Trilogy, The West Pier (1951), was described by
Graham Greene as “the best book ever written about Brighton.” For hamilton, it's
a place of escape, extending—but never actually keeping—the promise of ...

Author: John Connolly

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451696582

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 560

View: 823

The world’s most beloved mystery writers celebrate their favorite mystery novels in this gorgeously wrought collection, featuring essays by Michael Connelly, Kathy Reichs, Ian Rankin, and more. In the most ambitious anthology of its kind, the world’s leading mystery writers come together to champion the greatest mystery novels ever written. In a series of personal essays that reveal as much about the authors and their own work as they do about the books that they love, over a hundred authors from twenty countries have created a guide that will be indispensable for generations of readers and writers. From Agatha Christie to Lee Child, from Edgar Allan Poe to P. D. James, from Sherlock Holmes to Hannibal Lecter and Philip Marlowe to Lord Peter Wimsey, Books to Die For brings together the best of the mystery world for a feast of reading pleasure, a treasure trove for those new to the genre and for those who believe that there is nothing new left to discover. This is the one essential book for every reader who has ever finished a mystery novel and thought…I want more!

The Irish Wine Trilogy

Though apparently I did meet him when I was a boy with my father by the sea in
Brittany, summered there right before the war”—past heather and gorse, scree
stones and cushions of moss—as I abruptly catch my breath, the light igniting her

Author: Dick Wimmer

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101221587

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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Three humorous novels chronicle ten years in the lives and fortunes of Irish painter Seamus Boyne; his friend, Long Island pest control expert Gene Hagar; Boyne's wife and Hagar's old love, Ciara; and his estranged teenage daughter, Tory, in an omnibus edition containing Irish Wine, Boyne's Lassie, and the never-before-published Hagar's Dream.

The Antichrist Trilogy

I can't see the Sûreté playing a waiting game with me.' They had reached the
ridge behind the camp. The children were pointing towards a gorse bush. Alexi
ducked down and wriggled his way underneath the bush. 'Now. Can you see me

Author: Mario Reading

Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd

ISBN: 0857896849

Category: Fiction

Page: 300

View: 452

The Antichrist Trilogy, now collected in one thrilling e-book... The Nostradamus Prophecies Adam Sabir is a writer desperate to revive his flagging career; Achor Bale is a member of an ancient secret society that has dedicated itself to the protection and support of the 'Three Antichrists' foretold in Nostradamus's verses - Napoleon, Adolf Hitler, and the 'one still to come'... The pair embark on a terrifying chase through the ancient Romany encampments of France in a quest to locate the missing verses. The Mayan Codex Adam Sabir has discovered the missing quatrains of Nostradamus, and the events they foretell are coming true. But there's one prophecy he can't fully decipher, and it warns of the imminent arrival of the Third Antichrist. As Sabir puzzles over the riddle, a descendant of the Mayans begins a dangerous journey to deliver a sacred codex which will reveal the secret of Nostradamus' prophecy... The Third Antichrist Scholar Adam Sabir has decoded the identity of the Third Antichrist. He alone knows the one who can prevent this tyrant's rise. The fate of the world is in his hands...The countdown to Armageddon has begun.

The Pit Dragon Trilogy

And Sssasha's heavy tread on the gorse should have wiped out any sign of their
smaller feet. One last shout came to them, then the whir of the copter. A weak
sending suddenly came through, a picture of a copter with the copse and
mountain ...

Author: Jane Yolen


ISBN: 9781568659008

Category: Dragons

Page: 470

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Dragon's blood -- Heart's blood -- A sending of dragons.

The Danzig Trilogy

I peered in through dripping hazelnut bushes and tart - smelling gorse under an
absent moon . With thumb and forefinger , as soon as the moon permitted , I took
the measure of the snow man in Amsel ' s garden : he was shrinking but still ...

Author: Günter Grass

Publisher: Fine Communications


Category: Fiction

Page: 1030

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Prophecy Web of Deceit Prophecy Trilogy 3

His eyes were charmed by flowering gorse, the gold of autumnal trees and the
delicate skeletal bones of aspens that had already dropped their leaves in long
swathes of rust. The fattailed sheep that clung to every slope spoke of a peaceful

Author: M. K. Hume

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0755371534

Category: Fiction

Page: 468

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Loyalty. Sacrifice. Betrayal... Merlin faces his ultimate challenge in the earth-shattering conclusion to the Prophecy Trilogy. M.K. Hume's gripping thrillers are the perfect read for fans of Conn Iggulden and Bernard Cornwell. 'Historical fiction of the most bloodthirsty and roistering kind' - Australian Bookseller & Publishers Magazine Returning from his epic journey to Constantinople, Myrddion Merlinus finds Briton in the grip of Uther Pendragon's bloodthirsty war against the Saxons. Coerced into obedience, Myrddion must serve Uther's brother Ambrosius, the High King, in order to spare the lives of his beloved fellow travellers. Ambrosius is an honest and wise ruler and Myrddion's skills are put to good use setting up a spy network while training healers across the land. But when Ambrosius is poisoned, his untimely death propels Myrddion back into the callous hands of Uther Pendragon. The new High King will stop at nothing to force Myrddion to accede to his unthinkable wishes. Myrddion's only solace is the prophecy that his suffering is not in vain. But will he survive the taint of Uther's madness and enable good to come from evil? What readers are saying about Prophecy: Web of Deceit: 'The book is a wonderfully structured story with different kind of characters, and whether they are real or fictional, they come all vividly to life within this great tale. This book is such an immense joy to read' 'Superb - full of rich description of places and times long gone. All of the three books give us a much needed insight to the character we were all perplexed by in the Arthur series. Magical' 'Another stunning trilogy. Fact or legend, Merlin comes alive in these novels'