Written in 1948 this enthralling novel, released to widespread acclaim and considered today to be a modern classic, represents a literary genius at the very height of his powers. Frequently appearing in lists of the greatest 20th Century novels, The Heart of the Matter is an unmissable treat for fans of Greene as well as for those who are new to his work.
It tells the story of Major Henry Scobie, a British policeman based in a town on the West African coast during World War II. Whilst a religious man and therefore committed to the sacred vows he took on his wedding day, his marriage to his wife Louise is an unhappy one and he feels trapped and isolated. When Louise leaves to discover a better life elsewhere, Scobie falls in love with Helen, a young woman who has wound up in the town after being shipwrecked. Despite his commitment to God Scobie begins an affair with her, and it is his struggle to reconcile his feelings with his religious obligations as well as his professional duties that forms one of the central themes in this classic story.
This captivating novel read in this version by Michael Kitchen, is considered to be one of Greene’s greatest works, and is available to purchase either as a downloadable MP3 audiobook or on CD.