A Sort of Newsletter

About the Newsletter

The Trust publishes  A Sort of Newsletter (ASON) quarterly, each February, May, August and November. Friends of the Trust receive free print copies of ASON. Each issue contains a rich mix of articles, reviews, correspondence and news. ASON is not intended to be an academic journal; there is something for everyone with an interest in Greene.

The quarterly usually includes at least one substantial article. The November 2018 issue featured a roundup of the yearly International Festival held in September. An article with the intriguing title ‘Mrs Figg’s Toy-Shop: A Digression’, by local historian Brian Shepherd, tracks down the location in Berkhamsted of the shop mentioned by Greene in his autobiography A Sort of Life. There is a review of a new book by BBC journalist Sarah Rainsford titled Our Woman in Havana  about her years as a correspondent in Cuba and the traces she found of the Havana Greene once knew. The section ‘Miscellany’ includes news about a Blu-ray version of the film of Greene’s wartime novel The Ministry of Fear and some readers’ memories of their favourite festival moments.

Rarely does a month go by without Graham Greene featuring in the news in some form or other. The August 2017 ASON saw items about Greene’s Clapham House where he lived with his wife and children before the war, Greene and Evelyn Waugh and Greene’s Saigon. The death of the author’s official biographer Norman Sherry has resulted in an on-going argument in the pages of the journal about the quality and accuracy of the Sherry’s exhaustive, three volume biography of Greene.

The annual Graham Greene International Festival, held in September each year in Berkhamsted is the principal event in the Birthplace Trust’s calendar. Naturally, it features prominently in the pages of the newsletter with news about the forthcoming speakers and events appearing in May and August and then reviews of each talk which are published in November issue, as mentioned above. Therefore there is always variety to be found in the pages of A Sort Of Newsletter.

So, if you are interested in Graham Greene, his life and his books and you are not currently a Friend of the Graham Greene Birthplace Trust, then you are urged to turn to the Members’ page on this website which gives all the details about joining and receiving A Sort of Newsletter.