Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky
Written in the early 1930s, ‘Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky’ displays Patrick Hamilton’s talent for understanding the milieu who stand at the side of the bar. Hamilton’s other books include ‘Hangover Square’ and ‘Slaves of Solitude’.
The Midnight Bell, a pub on the Euston Road, is the pulse of this brilliant and compassionate trilogy. It is here where the barman, Bob, falls in love with Jenny, a West End prostitute who comes in off the streets for a gin and pep. Around his obsessions, and Ella the barmaid’s secret love for him, swirls the sleazy life of London in the 1930s. This is a world where people emerge from cheap lodgings in Pimlico to pour out their passions, hopes and despair in pubs and bars – a world of twenty thousand streets full of cruelty and kindness, comedy and pathos, wasted dreams and lost desires.