Journalist, novelist, and (for a while at least) spy.

One of the foremost writers of his generation, he wrote both what he termed ‘entertainments‘ (gripping thrillers like Stamboul Train in 1932 and Our Man In Havana in 1958) and literary novels (like The Power and the Glory in 1940 and The End of the Affair in 1951).

With skilful plotting and superb characterisation, Greene wrestled with the grand themes like loyalty and treachery, grace and guilt, hope and despair.

Graham Greene in Antibes (© the arts desk)