A Sort of Newsletter

About the Newsletter

The Trust’s quarterly magazine, A Sort of Newsletter (ASON) is published each February, May, August and November. ASON is not intended to be an academic journal; there is something for everyone with an interest in Greene.

The quarterly usually features at least one substantial article and last year’s editions of the magazine were no exception. In February, Andrei Gorzo contributed ‘Battle over The Quiet American’. The controversial 1958 film, directed by Jospeh L. Mankiewitz, was intended, according to Gorzo, as ‘an operation meant to “correct” the novel’; for Graham Greene the film was a ‘betrayal’. The November 2021 issue had the intriguingly titled ‘The Structure of a Greene-created Proverb’. If that sounds a bit ‘dry’ it certainly was not because Peter Unseth, in the example he gave from Greene’s The Power and the Glory, showed not for the first time that his novels benefit from careful reading in order to extract the full meaning from the text.  The same issue  included full coverage of the 2021 Graham Greene International Festival with brief articles on each of the events which took place over the four days.The July/August edition had a highly topical subject, ‘Reading Graham Greene in the Year of the Covid-19 Pandemic’ by Dr. Ramon Rami-Porta, a thoracic surgeon from Barcelona. Another article in the same issue, ‘In Pursuit of Mr Greene – Discovering Second-Hand Books in Bombay’ by local Greene enthusiast Zoeb Matin, serves to underline the fact that Greene has truly international appeal. In fact, none of the above-mentioned contributors are British or are based in the UK.

Regular features include a round-up of Greene-related news, a ‘Miscellany’ of brief notices together with book, play or film reviews. Rare books dealer Richard Frost frequently writes a column called Book Chat which reminds one of the enduring popularity of this writer in the secondhand book market.

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. 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.