Green Man Running

Green Man Running

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Hammick, Georgina

Dexter Bucknell, sometime hotshot metropolitan publisher turned freelance copy editor, was born a somehow less preposessing 'Desmond'. A farmer's son with a heavy chip on his shoulder - about the size of a herd of cattle - he's kicked over the traces and exchanged struggling acres for a small triangle of city greensward, by way of a short swim at the shark-infested end of the publishing pond. And now it's August, and Fun Week for the kids in Bethnal Green, where forty-year-old single parent Dexter is hoping to inveigle his live-in girlfriend, Moy, into marrying him and - even less likely - 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 hold of memory and roots; 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 there can be between ordinary neurosis and clinical madness - all this perplexes Dexter, and is explored here, in Hammick's beautifully balanced prose, with humour and acuity, in a novel that makes you laugh and cry as it follows mood-swinging Dexter through a week of what he likes to call 'the situation tragedy of my life'.It's August and Fun Week for the kids in Bethnel Green, where forty-one-year-old Dexter Bucknell, sometime publisher turned freelance copy editor, is hoping to inveigle his live-in lover, Moy, into marrying him and being a mother to his two young sons. While Moy escapes daily to her Mile End studio, 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.

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ISBN: 9780099772415

304 pages


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