“Miss Roach, a modest woman, had modest nations of revenge.” – On having read The Slaves of Solitude by Patrick Hamilton

Here, another book from 1947, rescued from near-obscurity by NYRB Classics: The Slaves of Solitude, a novel by Patrick Hamilton -- radically different from the gorgeous-horrific Nightmare Alley: in time frame, in mood, in central character. But just as good, just as satisfying. Apples and oranges! Set in a boarding-house in the outskirts of London [...]