Described by Greene himself as one of his more serious novels, It’s a Battlefield was one of his earlier works and demonstrates why he continues to remain one of the most celebrated writers of the last century. In 1930s London, a communist bus driver by the name of Grover is sentenced to be hanged for killing a man who, unbeknownst to him, is in fact a police officer.
The actions and interactions of the different characters who attempt to “help” him, each with their own agendas, forms the basis for this intriguing story. His communist colleagues for instance wish for him to be martyred, a politician eschews his involvement in the case unless it will further his own cause, whilst his brother happens to be in love with Grover’s wife. Furthermore, the alternative to a death sentence would be a long prison term, presenting its own difficulties.
This enthralling novel reflects the complexity of '30s society and politics, and explores the ways in which different factions will exploit a man’s desperate plight for their own gain. Read by James Wilby and available either as a CD or a downloadable MP3 audiobook, this story will represent an excellent addition to your collection whether you’re a fan of Greene’s or you’re already familiar with his work.