Brighton Rock

The opening sentence of Graham Greene’s first masterpiece offers a masterclass on how to wrest a reader’s attention — swift and unrelenting. “Hale knew, before he had been in Brighton three hours, that they meant to murder him.” Not only does that hook you like a bait, there is a lot of information packed into less…

A Sort of Life by Graham Greene

To Graham Greene, an autobiography must be A Sort of Life — for want of nothing else, it has to end before the author’s death. Here, it begins from Greene’s first memory and ends with the years of failure that ensued the success of his first published book. Besides, in the course of his 66 years — the age at which he wrote this book — his “imaginary characters” have…