The Day Job
Adventures of a Jobbing Gardener
By (author) Mark Wallington
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Day Job by Mark Wallington
Book DescriptionMark Wallington has a dream. He is going to change the face of British comedy. Unfortunately for the residents of north London, he's going to finance this dream by becoming a gardener. The result is The Day Job, an account of a year spent working in other people's gardens: people like Mrs Fleming who is convinced there is buried treasure in the bottom bed; Mr Walters who is trying to create a fascist state policed by gnomes in his well-guarded plot in Gospel Oak; Mrs Glover who is probably the most attractive woman living in Britain; and poor Mr Nugent, who likes to save his urine in jam jars and pour it over his compost. Over four seasons Wallington crosses Hampstead Heath from job to job. He survives brushes with the evil contract gardeners who keep trying to knock him off his bicycle. He strives to impress literary agent Herman Gapp who might represent him - depending on what sort of job he does on Gapp's Alpine Terrace. He even finds time to fall for a housecleaner-cum-actor named Helen, as he becomes part of a strange band of artistes, each with a day job of their own, all waiting for that first break. This is the story of long nights spent in the back room of a pub trying to write unsolicited scripts, and of much longer days spent trying to understand the British and their strange obsession with gardening.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099472674
(197mm x 129mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Publish Date: 6-Jul-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Uke of Wallington, Paperback (May 2012)
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Travels with Boogie, Paperback (July 2006)
Presents a story of two city slickers - one an unattractive but streetwise mongrel from Stockwell, the other the long-suffering author - and how they came to terms with England's countryside and waterways. This book provides an account of a mismatched couple and of the people they meet and places they visit.
Day Job, Paperback (July 2005)» View all books by Mark Wallington
Mark Wallington dreams of changing the face of British comedy. Unfortunately, he's going to finance this dream by becoming a gardener. This book presents an account of a year Mark spent working in other people's gardens. Over four seasons, he crosses Hampstead Heath from job to job, all waiting for that first break.
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Author Biography - Mark Wallington
Mark Wallington was born in Swanage in Dorset in 1953. He worked for a while as a gardener in London before becoming a scriptwriter and a journalist. In 1982 he walked the South West Coastal Path and his subsequent book, 500-Mile Walkies, became a bestseller. In 1992 Mark Wallington published his novel The Missing Postman and then wrote the script for the award-winning television play starring James Bolam. He is much sought-after as a film and television writer, working from his home in the High Peak in Derbyshire, where he keeps a truly wonderful garden. He is married with two children.
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