Chris Hull’s Havana Book reviewed

Dr. Christopher Hull’s book Our Man Down in Havana: The Story Behind Graham Greene’s Cold War Spy Novel received a favourable review in The Economist magazine of the 23 March. Copies of this book will be available for sale at the Graham Greene Birthplace Trust Bookstall which will be open throughout the Friday and Saturday of this year’s festival which runs from Thursday 19 – Sunday 22 September.

Greene wrote articles and reviews for The Spectator throughout his career. The ‘mornings in the dark’ he spent as a film reviewer for the magazine during the 1930s have become legendary; they also helped him keep afloat financially as a writer during that decade. The Spectator has now also published a review of Chris Hull’s book entitled ‘”Where Every Vice Was Permissible”: Graham Greene’s Cuba’. It is written by the well-known journalist Nicholas Shakespeare who, by his own admission, is a great Greene fan. Follow the link below to the article:


Copies of the the BBC journalist Sarah Rainsford’s book Our Woman in Havana: Reporting Castro’s Cuba, published late last year, will also be for sale. Additionally, it is hoped that a third, recently published, ‘Greene’ title will be available for purchase. But this is a book with a difference. The Prague Coup is a comic book thriller in which Graham Greene features as the central character. The Prague Coup was reviewed in the February 2019 edition of the quarterly magazine A Sort of Newsletter. In his review Mike Hill introduced the setting of the comic book thus: ‘The story is set in the winter of early 1948, as Greene arrives in Vienna to research the story that would become The Third Man‘.

All the authors will be present during the festival so there will be opportunities to secure signed copies of their books.

Finally, as usual, Richard Frost will be in attendance with his second-hand bookstall which invariably includes a variety of interesting and often sought-after Greene titles.


Chris Hull’s book has recently been reviewed in the Financial Times: