Dead Men Running
by D’Arcy Niland
Hodder and Stoughton, 1969, [First Edition], hardcover, dustjacket
Very Good Condition, minor edge and shelf wear, minor rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, no inscriptions, dustjacket shows a little edge and shelf wear with some rubbing, bumping, and chipping, some discolouration and coffee ring (see photographs)
“In this poignant and eventful novel D’Arcy Niland presents the question: What really happens when the ordinary world of evasion and pretence meets a man who is completely honest?
Starkey More is this man, an island unto himself, impartial to mores or morals, traditional thinking or his fellows’ opinion. Yet he is not figure from morality play; he is vital, humorous, courageous and completely shocking, as unadorned truth and candour must always be. Across his path comes the young, lonely Joey, his very opposite, tender, vacillatory, carnal and priggish by turns, needing a hero and insisting upon finding one.
This story of friendship and archaic disaster is played out against a remote landscape during a flare-up of nationalist rage and hysteria.”