Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky

A London Trilogy

By Patrick Hamilton; Susanna Moore (Introduction by)
(New York Review of Books, Paperback, 9781590172568, 511pp.)

Publication Date: February 19, 2008

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Patrick Hamilton may be best known now for the plays Rope and Gaslight and for the classic Alfred Hitchcock and George Cukor movies they inspired, but in his heyday he was no less famous for his brooding tales of London life. Featuring a Dickensian cast of pubcrawlers, prostitutes, lowlifes, and just plain losers who are looking for love—or just an ear to bend—Hamilton’s novels are a triumph of deft characterization, offbeat humor, unlikely compassion, and raw suspense. In recent years, Hamilton has undergone a remarkable revival, with his champions including Doris Lessing, David Lodge, Nick Hornby, and Sarah Waters.

Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky is a tale of obsession and betrayal that centers on a seedy pub in a run-down part of London. Bob the waiter skimps and saves and fantasizes about writing a novel, until he falls for the pretty prostitute Jenny and blows it all. Kindly Ella, Bob’s co-worker, adores Bob, but is condemned to enjoy nothing more than the attentions of the insufferable Mr. Eccles; Jenny, out on the street, is out of love, hope, and money. We watch with pity and horror as these three vulnerable and yet compellingly ordinary people meet and play out bitter comedies of longing and frustration.




About the Author
Patrick Hamilton has 20 years light and heavy vehicle experience gained at leading vehicle manufacturer's main dealerships, including 6 years in the Royal Air Mechanical Transport Servicing Section. He was the Automotive Training Workshops Manager at a private training provider and a Lecturer in Automotive Engineering at Cambridge Regional College. Patrick is currently Head of School of Engineering at West Suffolk College, also teaching on automotive and engineering courses. Patrick has experience of teaching on a range of light vehicle, heavy vehicle and motorcycle programmes ranging from Entry level 3 to level 4. He has worked for the Sector Skills Council writing some of their QCF units and has also been a technical consultant and author for City and Guilds and the IMI Awards Ltd, helping to develop and write their qualifications. Patrick is Chairman of the IMI Members Association Norfolk.

Susanna Moore is the author of the novels "The Life of Objects", "The Big Girls", "One Last Look", "In the Cut", "Sleeping Beauties", "The Whiteness of Bones", and "My Old Sweetheart", and two books of nonfiction, "Light Years" and "I Myself Have Seen It". She is from Hawaii.
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