Graham Greene

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American  in a German bunker on Utah beach after Allied forces stormed the Normandy beaches during D-Day in June 1944. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

On the eve of D-Day, Nazi agent Paul Fidrmuc – codename Ostro – was the man who knew too much. Days before the Normandy landings, the Lisbon-based (...)

Behind bars: Harlan Coben. Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty

Since publishing his debut, Play Dead, in 1990, Harlan Coben has alternated between writing standalone thrillers and novels in the Myron Bolitar serie(...)

The End of the Affair: With plenty of reflection on the novel-writing process and insights into the obsessive mind of the writer, Maurice Bendrix (played in Neil Jordan’s film adapatation by Ralph Fiennes) is an intriguing antihero, loosely based on Graham Greene himself

The End of the Affair, Graham Greene (1951) Set in London, Greene’s novel follows writer Maurice Bendrix in the closing months of the second Wo(...)

In the world’s forgotten margins, such as Tahiti and Bolivia, Graham Greene collected unshaven fugitives, lonely men and renegade priests: his archety(...)

Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

In Graham Greene’s novel Our Man in Havana, a torturer proposes that there are two classes of people, the “torturable” and the “untorturable”, with(...)

Also known as: John Banville, writing as Benjamin Black

The prospect of getting a belt of the crozier was no small threat in 1950s Ireland, and the power wielded by the Catholic Church provides a sinister u(...)

Money makes the world go round, or so the nasty little master of ceremonies in Cabaret sang suggestively. A lack of cash tends to send ordinary life s(...)

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