Graham Greene: A Life in Letters edited by Richard Greene Abacus, HK$119 In addition to his novels, short stories, criticism and more, Graham Greene, who lived to 87, wrote an estimated 2,000 letters a year. These were sent to everyone from his wife Vivien Dayrell-Browning and numerous mistresses to Evelyn Waugh and Fidel Castro, as well as to double agent Kim Philby, who had recruited Greene for the British secret service during the second world war. As illuminating as any autobiography or biography, A Life in Letters, edited by Richard Greene (no relation), depicts the many sides of a giant of 20th-century English prose who reveals himself to be funny, loyal, absurd and tortured, among other things. Fans will be familiar with Greene's battle with Catholicism (he suggests to Catherine Walston that they continue their affair but go to confession to ask forgiveness), but few may know of his interest in dreams (he kept dream diaries) or his generous support of other writers (in a letter about Japanese novelist Shusaku Endo he urges publisher Peter Owens: 'Perhaps one day you could revive Silence in hardback. A marvellous book ...') The editor deserves praise for his thoughtful selection of letters - which span 70 years - and the interesting footnotes.