A London La Ronde: Ella harbors a secret love for Bob, Bob is infatuated with prostitute Jenny, and the odious Mr. Eccles has designs on Ella. Hamilton’s psychologically astute novel gives us three stories of thwarted passion.
1940s England is a war zone. But for the residents of Mrs. Payne’s boarding house the battlefield is the supper table, and the enemy is the resident of the room next door. Alternately bleak and hilarious, The Slaves of Solitude is a favorite of such writers as Sarah Waters and Nick Hornby.