A quietly charming tale of young love partly set in a boarding house. Many of the themes Hamilton would go on to develop so memorably are present here, albeit often in nascent form: well observed characters and dialogue, prostitutes, pubs, boarding houses, unrequited love, philosophy, London, and Brighton.

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Beyond the fact that it was, in face of a vivid and calamitous ending, to reveal from his own experience the ardent splendours of Youth’s adventure, he didn’t quite know what his novel was going to be about. ‘Monday Morning wryly tells the story of Anthony, a young man taking his passionate first steps in life, in London, and in love. Not yet worn down by the world, Anthony is determined to write the novel that will bring him fame and fortune – and to marry the beautiful Diane. Patrick Hamilton’s witty, playful first novel introduces us to the grimy world of metropolitan boarding houses and provincial theatrical digs that would be the setting for his later masterpieces Hangover Square and The Slaves of Solitude, and the hopes, dreams and regrets those who live there.

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