Drawing on a previously lost archive of letters along with new memoirs of those who knew Graham Greene, “Russian Roulette” is a deeply engaged biography, witty, sensitive and full of compassion.
Graham Greene’s own story was as strange and compelling as those he told of Pinkie the Mobster, Harry Lime, or the Whisky Priest.
A restless traveller, he was a witness to many of the key events of modern history that lie behind his greatest books. He was involved with MI6 and the Cambridge five. His private life was, however, often chaotic due to mental ill-health.
Richard Greene (no relation) weaves all these strands together – elucidating their meanings to, and effects on Graham Greene as both man and writer – and creates a stunning portrait.
Writing in the Evening Standard, Ian Thompson concludes: “At last Graham Greene has the biographer he deserves”.
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