Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The return of Gorse

The Guardian books blog toasts Patrick Hamilton. Hamilton is coming back into favour, and his books are coming back into print.

The Gorse Trilogy, as I previously noted, is set to be published in June by Black Spring Press. Finally I can read the third book and know how it all ends.

While the Gorse trilogy is not exactly Hamilton's magnum opus (especially the drink-soaked Unknown Assailant), it does demonstrate his handy knack for both literature and drama and we can all raise a glass to its reissue, something I fear the man "who needed whisky like a car needed petrol" and died of multiple organ failure would approve no doubt.


(I know, you've all seen the piece already and thought of me — I'm touched. Have a drink.)
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