A Sort of Newsletter (ASON)


Our apologies for the late delivery of the May edition of A Sort of Newsletter.

As you may remember, last year we sent you the May edition together with the Festival 2016 flyer which contained all the details about the upcoming event. We planned to do the same this year. However, we are still awaiting some information, including some all-important pricing, which should be with us next week.

Fingers crossed, we should be able to dispatch the newsletter in about ten days to two weeks time.

Sorry for the delay.


The February issue will have a whole range of pieces about Greene’s work and those whose lives intersected with his. An erudite article by Jon Wise looks at the genesis of the short story collection A Sense of Reality, while Professor Kevin Ruane expresses his appreciation of the biographical work of Norman Sherry, who died last year. There is an appreciation of Birthplace Trustee and former Festival Director David Pearce, who has also died, and brief obituaries of a publisher, writer and actress all with Greene links. Among other items is news of a touring production of Our Man in Havana and a book on Greene and the cinema in preparation. All that, the annual Greene Quiz, and much more …


The August 2016 ASON has an article about the fascinating original of a minor character in Greene’s England Made Me; further news of the upcoming Festival, including consideration of the eight novels that will feature in the Greene Book Club discussions; more readers’ accounts of the first Greene novel they ever read; reviews of Professor Brennan’s book on Greene as a political writer and the recent stage musical of Travels with My Aunt; a new Greene acrostic; and, as ever, all the latest news from the world of Greeneland.


2016 is the twenty-fifth anniversary of Graham Greene’s death, and the February issue of A Sort of Newsletter marks the occasion with an article reflecting on where Greene’s reputation now lies, and giving details of an exciting new publication in the offing. There is a major essay by Jon Wise on one of Greene’s earliest novels, It’s a Battlefield, scouting out its locations and considering its place in the ???????????????????????????????development of Greene’s style. There are shorter pieces on Greene’s interaction with the world of Georges Simenon and a Book Club discussion of England Made Me. There is more news on Greene and dentists. Extensive news from Greeneland in the areas of books, plays and exhibitions are accompanied by the annual Graham Greene Quiz and another Greene acrostic. And there is an unusual Talepiece – recommended reading from Graham Greene himself.


 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. Details about the forthcoming Graham Greene International Festival are featured and after each festival, for those who were unable to be present, there are reports on every event illustrated with photographs of the leading participants. Although it includes serious content, ASON is not intended to be an academic journal; there is something for everyone with an interest in Greene.

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An earlier issue featured George Orwell writing about Greene’s The Heart of the Matter and Greene on Animal Farm – which he seemed to like! An unusual theme running through several of Greene’s fictional work is his apparent fascination with and fear of dentists. The November 2015 ASON revealed an interesting Berkhamsted connection – the information originating from a real life dental practitioner.

The writer’s long involvement with the film world embraced not only his activities as a film critic but is reflected in the large numbers of films made of his novels. A recent edition of ASON featured a detailed appraisal of a dvd release of Loser Takes All by Professor Neil Sinyard.

There is always variety to be found in the pages of A Sort Of Newsletter. The editor’s annual Graham Greene Quiz is eagerly anticipated; readers are encouraged to express their own views, for example about favourite characters or short stories by Greene; international news arrives in diverse shapes and forms from as wide apart as Vienna, Novosibirsk and Buenos Aires.

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. To sample a recent issue please click on the icon below.