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Crisis: The Long Journey Home/Power, Jack/Paper/009183256X/S050-A2
His wife leaves him for a man who makes grass overcoats. He yearns for the girl in the lingerie shop. He finds diversion in booze and babes, and inspiration in the lives of cast-off husbands who carry axes and tape-recorders in their war against women. In the New Age clinic of his old enemy, the quack Dr Pixie Moon, he achieves salvation.
You hear of fellows deep in crisis who get obsessive about running and they end up with a heart attack. I decide to take it gently, and I imagine that while I'm jogging round the park I meet a stranger, a beautiful creature in satin shorts and Nikes and a singlet. She's glowing with sweat. We run together for a week or two and then one day we just keep going, and we realise we're running away, and she says my place or yours and I say yours. We go there and make passionate and perverted love. Maybe just the thought of these things is enough to give a bloke a heart attack.
"...as politically incorrect as we can hope to be" - Carrillo Mean.
"...a rollicking yarn of middle-class low life." - Frank Hardy.
"Jack Power's funniest book yet." - Carmel Bird.