Piscataway: Winchester Press, 1985, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Black & white drawings; Frontispiece;
From the cover: Ever since 1972, when the first collection of Gene Hills stories appeared, readers have been clamouring for more Hill books. His first five are still in print, still winning new Hill fans. This is his sixth and the finest of all.
There is something very special, very different, about a Hill story. It may be about fishing or hunting, dogs, a sportsmans family or a sportsmans paraphernalia, yet it is certain to transcend sport. Little wonder his work has been reprinted in Readers Digest and numerous other publications, and has graced the pages of literary anthologies.
This book is vintage Hill cause for celebration by the multitudes of Gene Hill fans. His wit and whimsy, his eye for the absurd, his shrewd but charitable appraisal of fellow mortals, his equally shrewd if not always so charitable view of his own feats and foibles, his vivid evocation of all things nostalgic, his humour and compassion all that and more will be found between these covers.
In stories such as A Listening Walk, there is a quiet wisdom and a profound appreciation of all creatures great and small: of life itself. And for insights that go far deeper than any superficial notions of etiquette, one has only to read the essay on The Responsible Sportsman. The famous Hill humour is here as well. He knows full well that for his outdoor joys, indulgences, and acquisitions, he is accountable, as any family man is accountable, to the corporation that is his home. No new Hill collection would be complete without a couple of his renowned Annual Reports, and two of the best are presented here. So, too, are his zany accounts of losing things, his sporting horoscopes, his marvellously logical justifications for purchases that are always necessities, and a great many other gems.
Mr. Hill may continue to decline the Presidential candidacy, but hell get your vote. And so will the splendidly evocative drawings by Tom Hennessey.
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavier tanning to the spine. Edges of the text block lightly spotted.
Orange boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 230 pages. 9¼” x 6¼”.