‘Graham Greene's beautiful and disturbing novel is filled with tenderness, humour, excitement and doubt’ The Times
A leak is traced to a small sub-section of the secret service, sparking off the inevitable security checks, tensions and suspicions. The sort of atmosphere, perhaps, where mistakes could be made? For Maurice Castle, it is the end of the line anyway, and time for him to retire to live peacefully with his wife and child. But no-one escapes so easily from the lonely, isolated, neurotic world of the SIS.
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY COLM TÓIBÍN
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.
"Graham Greene's beautiful and disturbing novel is filled with tenderness, humour, excitement and doubt" The Times "As fine a novel as he has ever written - concise, ironic, acutely observant of contemporary life, funny, shocking, above all compassionate" -- Anthony Burgess "Graham Greene's beautiful and disturbing novel is filled with tenderness, humour, excitement and doubt" The Times "It is beautifully done, a pleasure to read, a succession of deft, unobtrusive, yet masterly touches" Guardian