The Literary Connections

Graham Greene

Many people ask us about whether we are related to Graham Greene the author. Yes- he is Graham’s uncle (they were named after the same relation, who was Secretary to the 1st Sea Lord under Winston Churchill.



Raymond Chandler

Helga (Alexander's grandmother), before moving to Tuscany, had been engaged to the hard-boiled detective writer of Philip Marlowe and Film Noir notoriety, when he died. Graham and Alexander ran the literary estate until Graham's death with Ed Victor. It is now run by Alexander with Potentino part-time resident Derek Johns and our very able chairwoman Kit van Tulleken (who is regular visitor too).

It is strange to think that the Philip Marlowe character famously played by Humphrey Bogart in The Big Sleep has contributed to the making of Castello di Potentino.