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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.

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