Winner of the 1948 James Tait Black Memorial Prize and considered one of the best English language novels of the twentieth century.
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Published: 07 October 2004
Genre: Classic fiction
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY JAMES WOODScobie, a police officer serving in a wartime West African state, is distrusted, being scrupulously honest and immune to bribery. But then he falls in love, and in doing so he is forced to betray everything he believes in, with drastic and tragic consequences.
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
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