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The Green Man's journey from Nazi to sweetcorn salesman

Nina Lyon traces his legend from the Roman god Sylvanus, through the Arthurian Green Knight to summer sex-fests and sweetcorn’s Green Giant

12 March 2016

9:00 AM

12 March 2016

9:00 AM

Uprooted: On the Trail of the Green Man Nina Lyon

Faber, pp.287, £15.99, ISBN: 9780571318018

The other day I visited a psychic medium in Croydon, south-east London. Mavis Grimstick (not quite her real name) boasted an ability to hear the dead — ‘clairaudience’. Her front room, hung with plastic foliate Green Man gargoyle motifs and photographs of Stonehenge, was grimly inimical to mediumship and made me want to make a joke about striking a happy medium.

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