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The Return of A. J. Raffles - Signed - Graham Greene

1975 - The Bodley Head, London Sydney Toronto - First and Limited Edition number 232 of 250 copies
A fine and signed limited edition of Greene’s play produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, which has as its chief character A. J. Raffles, the literary creation some seventy odd years ago of E. W. Hornung. The cool daring of the impeccable Amateur Cracksman, always torn between the rival claims of burglary and cricket, ensured his popularity in Edwardian England. Evading the dogged pursuit of Inspector Mackenzie of Scotland Yard, Hornung's character eventually met a hero's death in South Africa in the Boer War.

The Return of A. J. Raffles begins some months after. Raffles' loyal assistant Bunny still mourns his friend's death in Raffles' chambers in Albany, despite the blandishments of Lord Alfred Douglas. A visitor forces his way in - Raffles has cheated death as he once cheated Inspector Mackenzie - and immediately Lord Alfred sees in the Amateur Cracksman and Bunny heaven-sent instruments to revenge and disgrace of Oscar Wilde on his odious father, the Marquess of Queensberry...’ [Penguin Classics] 
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The Captain and the Enemy - Graham Greene

1988 - Reinhardt Books in association with Viking, London - First Edition
‘Victor Baxter is a young boy when a secretive stranger known simply as ‘the Captain’ takes him from his boarding school to live in London. Victor becomes the surrogate son and companion of a woman named Liza, who renames him ‘Jim’ and depends on him for any news about the world outside their door. Raised in these odd yet touching circumstances, Jim is never quite sure of Liza’s relationship to the Captain, who is often away on mysterious errands. It is not until Jim reaches manhood that he confronts the Captain and learns the shocking truth about the man, his allegiances, and the nature of love.’ – Penguin Classics.

A fine copy in the dust jacket designed by Michael Harvey.
 
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Getting to know the General - Graham Greene

1984 - The Bodley Head, London - First Edition
In August 1981 my bag was packed for my fifth visit to Panama when the news came to me over the telephone of the death of General Omar Torrijos Herrera, my friend and host. . . At that moment the idea came to me to write a short personal memoir. . . of a man I had grown to love over those five years.

Mr Greene was first invited to Panama In the winter of 1976, by Omar Torrijos, the charismatic general who had taken power in 1968, ending the right wing dictatorship of President Arias and bringing new pressure to bear on the United States for the completion of a new Panama Canal Treaty. This led to the eventual illegal invasion of Panama by US troops.
 
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The Comedians - Graham Greene

1966 - The Bodley Head, London - First Edition
‘"A liar, a cretin, a stool-pigeon…unbalanced, sadistic, perverted…a perfect ignoramus…lying to his heart's content…the shame of proud and noble England…a spy…a drug addict…a torturer." (The last epithet has always a little puzzled me.)’ – Greene describing Papa Doc Duvalier’s description of him. – Ways of Escape.

One of Graham Greene's most chilling and prophetic novels,
The Comedians is set in a Haiti ruled by Papa Doc and the Tontons Macoute, his sinister secret police. Just as The Quiet American offered a preview of the coming horrors of American involvement in Vietnam, this novel presages the chaos in Haiti. 
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The Living Room: A Play in Two Acts The Potting Shed - A Play in Three Acts Yes and No and For Whom the Bell Chimes - Graham Greene

1953 - Heinemann, London - First Edition in English, First Edition Second Printing, Limited Edition
Three volumes of Graham Greene’s plays. The Living Room was Graham Greene’s first play, first published in Swedish the preceding year. It was followed five year slater by The Potting Shed.

The last title, one of a limited edition of 750 copies, contains two plays first performed at the Haymarket Studio, Leicester in March 1980.
Yes and No is a slight two-hander between an actor and his director, poking gentl fun at Sir Ralph Richardson and Sir John Gielgud, one of the two character's only lines consisting of either 'Yes' or 'No'. For Whom the Bell Chimes incorporating the corpse of a murdered woman and a transsexual police officer, reveals Greene's admiration for Joe Orton’s black farces. 
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The Tenth Man - Graham Greene

1985 - The Bodley Head and Anthony Blond, London - First Edition
In a prison in Occupied France one in every ten men is to be shot. The prisoners draw lots among themselves - and for rich lawyer Louis Chavel it seems that his whole life has been leading up to an agonising and crucial failure of nerve. Hysterical with panic, fear, and a sense of injustice, he offers to barter everything he owns for someone to take his place.

Graham Greene wrote
The Tenth Man in 1944, when he was under a two-year contract to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and the manuscript lay forgotten in MGM's archives until 1983. It was published two years later with an introduction by the author. [Vintage Classics] 
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A disturbing duo - The Family Arsenal - with - My Secret History - Paul Theroux

1976 - Hamish Hamilton, London - First Editions
Two first editions of of Paul Theroux’s more exotic and disturbing works.

The Family Arsenal - Hood, a renegade American diplomat, envisions a new urban order, flirts with terrorists. Mayo, has just made a political statement - stealing a Flemish painting. Murf the bomb-maker scrawls 'Arsenal Rule' across the city's walls, whilst Brodie bombs Euston and afterwards worries about her complexion. A novel of London lowlife and the dispossessed, and a powerful and violent thriller of disenchanted people.

‘One of the most evocative, intelligently crafted suspense novels in years - like the early fiction of Graham Greene.' -
The New York Times.

'Brilliant and haunting. . . the ingenious of the plot, the London setting. . . the trapped and interwoven people, and the balefully witty observation, have an undistracted force' -
Observer.

My Secret History - 'Nothing on the shelf has quite prepared the reader for My Secret History… Parent saunters into the book aged fifteen, shouldering a .22 Mossberg rifle as earlier, more innocent American heroes used to tote a fishing pole. In his pocket is a paperback translation of Dante's Inferno… He is a creature of naked and unquenchable ego, greedy for sex, money, experience, another life' - Observer.

‘Merges the two genres he's famous for... My Secret History is about the permanence of marriage in the face of mistrust and infidelity; it's about the wisdom of women and the foolishness of men; and it's about mature love as the necessary and sometimes successful antidote to youthful selfishness.’ - New York Times Book Review. 
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