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The Human Factor by Graham Greene

Maurice Castle, in his sixties, is back in London at the Africa desk of the Secret Service. He is a mild man who lives quietly, good with files as his superior says; and deeply in love with Sarah, his wife, who is a black South African. The novel has some marvellous minor shady characters, and deals brilliantly with the chilling, ruthless nature of Castle’s superiors. But it is Castle himself who emerges most painfully in the novel: obsessive, driven, haunted, uneasy.
Graham Greene was born in Hertfordshire.

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