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Shades of Greene

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An remarkable group portrait of one English family the famed, intriguing and pioneering Greenes

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A former publisher and the deputy editor of the Oldie, Jeremy Lewis has written three volumes of autobiography and biographies of Cyril Connolly, Tobias Smollett and Allen Lane, the founder of Penguin Books. Shades of Greene: One Generation of an English Family, was published by Cape in 2010.


"A celebration of a remarkable family', 'a remarkably detailed account of the old-boy network, seen from the sunny side" -- John Carey * Sunday Times Culture * "An adept and confident editor, choosing only the most memorable anecdotes and constantly reminding the reader of the interplay between family members', 'It is clear that the achievements of the extended Greene family were truly extraordinary. In Shades of Greene they have a worthy chronicle." -- Tim Butcher * The Times * "Shades of Greene is an ambitious undertaking that has needed a prodigious amount of research ... Mr Lewis displays skill and stamina in interweaving his subjects' lives ... with his sense of mischief and his see-through glass prose, Greene would surely have approved" * Economist * "Lewis's hugely detailed, exhaustively researched family saga makes you marvel, again and again, at the strangeness of this very English family, while leaving you fervently grateful you're not actually related to them" -- John Walsh * Independent * "Lewis has a first class nose for truffling out good anecdotes" -- Ian Irvine * Observer *

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