Green Man Running - Georgina HammickChatto & Windus, 2002, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Top edge of the text block heavily tanned and spotted, uneven tanning to the foredges of the majority of the text block. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “Dexter Bucknell, sometime publisher turned freelance copy editor, is a farmer’s son who’s left struggling acres for a small triangle of city greensward. And now it’s August, and Fun Week for the kids in Bethnal Green, where forty-one-year-old Dexter is hoping to inveigle his live-in girlfriend, Moy, into marrying him and being a mother to his two young sons. While Moy escapes daily to her Mile End studio to work on her stained glass, Dexter is left at home to juggle work and debts and domestic chores. Further complicating their lives are Dexter’s furiously letter-writing ex-wife, his mother, Moy’s schizophrenic brother, and the unavoidable decision Dexter has to confront about his future.
Love and loyalty, and how to keep them; money, and how to get it; the stranglehold of memory; the importance of the work we do (and how it defines us); the gap between what we think and what we say; the fine line between ordinary neurosis and clinical madness — the questions that bedevil Dexter and Moy are explored here, with humour and acuity, in a novel that is both funny and sad as it follows mood-swinging Dexter through a week of what he likes to call ‘the situation tragedy of my life’.”