The place is Ceylon, the time the 1930s. Set amid tea plantations, corruption and the backwash of empire, this gripping novel has a pitch-perfect ear for the comedy and a sharp eye for the tragedy of a world at the end of its tether. Sam Obeysekere - 'obey' by name and by nature - is a Ceylonese lawyer, a perfect product of empire. His family once had wealth and influence but starts to crack open as political change comes to the island, and Sam's glamorous father dies leaving gambling debts. And at the heart of the novel is the Hamilton case, a murder scandal that shakes the upper echelons of island society. Sam's involvement in it makes his name but sets his life on course for disappointment.


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"A mesmeric study of a family, a scandal and a murder, set in Ceylon in the 1930s." - Hilary Mantel


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May 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Hamilton Case: A Novel
Author(s): Michelle de Kretser
ISBN: 0-316-73548-5 / 978-0-316-73548-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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2003 : Australia Hardback
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Title: The Hamilton Case
Author(s): Michelle De Kretser
ISBN: 1-74051-197-2 / 978-1-74051-197-1 (Australia edition)
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April 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Hamilton Case: A Novel
Author(s): Michelle de Kretser
ISBN: 0-316-01081-2 / 978-0-316-01081-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Back Bay Books
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September 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Hamilton Case
Author(s): Michelle de Kretser
ISBN: 0-09-945379-7 / 978-0-09-945379-6 (UK edition)
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2004 : Australia Paperback
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Title: Unknown
Author(s): Michelle De Kretser
ISBN: 1-74051-273-1 / 978-1-74051-273-2 (Australia edition)
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June 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Hamilton Case
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ISBN: 0-7011-7516-8 / 978-0-7011-7516-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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May 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Hamilton Case
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May 2011 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Hamilton Case
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May 2011 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Hamilton Case
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June 2004 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: The Hamilton Case: Complete & Unabridged
Author(s): Michelle de Kretser
ISBN: 0-7540-9759-5 / 978-0-7540-9759-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd
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May 2012 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Hamilton Case
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September 2007 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Hamilton Case: A Novel
Author(s): Michelle de Kretser
Publisher: Back Bay Books
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