London: William Heinemann, 1948. [Adventure novel] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.297; . Elegantly hand-bound in half red oasis, spine gilt-lettered in six compartments with raised bands, matching cloth sides. A couple of small spots to edges, exterior unmarked. A near fine copy in an attractive recent leather binding. Greene's classic tale of diamond smuggling and blackmail in a British Colony in West Africa, The Heart of the Matter was enormously popular upon release, selling more than 300,000 copies in the UK alone. The novel won the 1948 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction, and was ranked 40th on the Modern Library's list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century, in 1998. In 2005, the book featured in Time Magazine's 'One Hundred Best English-language Novels, 1923 to Present'. As recently as 2012, Greene's ever-popular novel was shortlisted for the 'Best of the James Tait Black' awards, which are given in three categories: Fiction, Biography and Drama, since 1919. Item #51320
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