Patrick Hamilton, author of Gaslight,Hangover Square
Genealogy by Gaslight
The family tree of Patrick Hamilton
Those who enjoy the novels of Patrick Hamilton (1904-1962) will perhaps recognize the way that themes of heritage and family history feed into his writings. Although most of his characters are strangely alone in the world - adrift from family and society in cheap boarding houses or hotels - family background drives their behaviour, interactions and fate. It is therefore particularly tempting to examine the writer’s own family tree.