Services edition Graham Greene




















I was at the local Flea market today which over the years has turned up a few gems the Gunter grass  cat and mouse arc I found there the other year today I found something I had been looking for a while and that was an Old world war two service edition books both The Uk which is mine produced these books for the Forces Penguin then guild and other presses. The Us editions used have two novels or other books in one edition. The book I found today was The confidential agent by Graham Greene. I am a Greene fan and have his biography










A sort of life and 11 of his novels < I hadn’t a copy of confidential agent as a kid I read a lot of Greene and in recent year when I start getting together all of Anthony Burgess novels together which I have nearly done there is only a couple of Burgess books left to get thanks to the new Irwell editions. My mind turned to those other writers I liked as a kid and teen Greene, Steinbeck, Hemingway and Waugh. I have got a few more Greene to get but they are something I rarely see secondhand and the ones I have left to get are his lesser novels. So I have opened the door on another project after Burgess which I still have a lot of his books to review on the blog. I also love that Greene and Burgess had a history as they lived near each other near the end of there lives and had a few run-ins










Have you seen any service editions? are you a fan of Graham Greene


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kaggsysbookishramblings
    May 23, 2019 @ 19:51:17

    Nice find Stu! I’m not sure if I have any services editions (though I have a feeling I’ve seen them in the past). I love Graham Greene – great idea for a project!


  2. Lisa Hill
    May 24, 2019 @ 00:55:37

    As I said to you on Twitter, my father had a couple of these. I don’t remember the titles, but they had pale blue covers. I would so love to know what they were now, because I am so fascinated by the idea that across all our travels, (since his army days he had 24 address across three continents that I know of) he kept those books, and brought them with him wherever he went even when space in the crates was limited and he had to leave many things behind. He must have really loved those books, and I wish I knew their titles…


  3. BookerTalk
    May 25, 2019 @ 21:04:20

    I’ve never seen any of those service editions. My copies of Greene are all the orange Penguin editions..


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