Winner of the 1948 James Tait Black Memorial Prize and considered one of the best English language novels of the twentieth century.
Graham Greene was born in 1904. He worked as a journalist and critic, and in 1940 became literary editor of the Spectator. He was later employed by the Foreign Office. As well as his many novels, Graham Greene wrote several collections of short stories, four travel books, six plays, three books of autobiography, two of biography and four books for children. He also wrote hundreds of essays, and film and book reviews. Graham Greene was a member of the Order of Merit and a Companion of Honour. He died in April 1991.
"The most ingenious, inventive and exciting of our novelists, rich in exactly etched and moving portraits of real human beings" -- V. S. Pritchett * The Times * "Greene was a master of characterisation and this book is no exception" * Independent on Sunday * "In a class by himself - the ultimate chronicler of twentieth-century man's consciousness and anxiety" -- William Golding * Independent * "A superb storyteller with a gift for provoking controversy" * New York Times * "Greene had the sharpest eyes for trouble, the finest nose for human weaknesses, and was pitilessly honest in his observations... For experience of a whole century he was the man within" -- Norman Sherry * Independent *