First Published 1966 by Macmillan

Illustrated by Desmond Knight

first edition cover. Click to enlarge
First edition cover
First edition:
128 pages; 140x195mm Hardback with illustrated boards.
Blue spine but predominantly grey with title in white on front with the artwork in black.
The rear has the main characters from the illustration on page 125 over 'Macmillan' in white. This can almost be seen on the enlarged picture - by clicking on the thumbnail.

Other Editions:

Abelard Schuman 1974:
Hardback and paperback editions:
Grasshopper Books; bright green boards, gold lettering on spine; 130x200mm; 128pp; 17 b/w illustrations; dustwrapper front colour picture by Desmond Knight of couple on cliff watching man on beach below.
All the illustrations, on the cover and throughout the book, have been altered to show the boys and men with longer, more fashionable, hair. On the cover, as well as the hairline, stitching has been added to the trousers of the taller man - indicating that he is wearing jeans. The stitching is not present on the illustration within the book, on page 51.
ISBN 0-200-72197-6; cp 1.25

Paperback: ISBN 0-200-72198-4; cover as hardback edition.

Grasshopper hardback edition. Click to enlarge (File size=24KB)
Grasshopper edition dustwrapper

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Breakwater 1981
Breakwater Books Canada 1981:
paperback edition. illustration on the front modified from the first - retaining the longer hair and trouser stitching of the Grasshopper edition.
Internally the pagination is identical to the Grasshopper edition.
The rear of the cover is plain and there is no price information. Title given from the Canadian Cataloguing in Publication Data as The Thin Gray Man but the English spelling retained for this edition.
ISBN: 0-919948-17-0

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Text copyright John Allsup
Created April 2001
Last updated April 2010