1955 - 1991
The final volume in the hugely acclaimed biographical trilogy.
The much-anticipated third and final volume of Norman Sherry's biography follows the tireless wanderings of Graham Greene, the writer's final forays into the fulminating trouble spots of the world which beckoned as sirens all his days. From the perils of Batista's Cuba, the privations of the Belgian Congo and the tumult of Haiti, Nicaragua and Panama, to his confrontation with the French mafia, his travels in Spain and, finally, his quiet death in Switzerland at the age of eighty-six. The rigour and attention to detail that gained praise for the first two volumes remains undiminished as Sherry retraces Greene's footsteps, criss-crossing the globe to visit the places that inspired Greene's novels and meeting the people who provided the models for some of literature's most memorable characters: the whiskey priest; the honorary consul; the zany aunt. Never losing sight of the very real religious, emotional and political struggles that made up Greene's complicated personality - his constantly questioned but never abandoned Catholicism, his two long-term affairs with married women, his determination to stand up for the victims of injustice - Sherry illuminates Greene's mind, methods and motivation with an unswervingly critical, yet always compassionate eye. With exclusive access to Greene's letters, journals and dream-diaries, Norman Sherry has written a monumental tribute to one of the greatest of English writers. The three volumes of The Life of Graham Greene will remain the standard work on Greene for decades to come.
“'Both magnificent and mad.'”
John Preston, Sunday Telegraph
“'Sherry can be proud of his stupendous achievement, and Greene himself could want no better or more accurate a monument than this.'”
Simon Heffer, Literary Review
“'Both magnificent and mad.' John Preston, Sunday Telegraph”
“Representing literary biography at its finest, Sherry's book surpasses others in the field...whereas other biographies are as entertaining as their subject's real-life experiences, but rarely their imagination, Sherry enhances Green's intellectual achievement.”