This book was first published in a collection of short stories written by Jane Gardam called Missing the Midnight: Hauntings and Grotesques. Jane Gardam is an acknowledged master of the short story and her collections have won the Royal Society of Literature's Winifred Holtby prize and the Katherine Mansfield Award. She has also won the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award. As soon as she had finished writing The Green Man, she sent it to her good friend, the artist Mary Fedden. Mary was so inspired that she immediately put brush to paper and produced several evocative and enchanting watercolours
Mary Fedden, OBE and Royal Academician, is one of Britain's finest contemporary artists. She is famous for her glorious use of colour and strong, simple themes. Now in her eighties, she continues to paint with great creativity and her new work is always a highlight of the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition. Her paintings hang in both the Tate Gallery and at Windsor Castle.