P. H. Newby was a novelist and critic. He was Managing Director of BBC Radio 1975-8, and won the first Booker Prize award in 1969.
He published 20 adult novels, two for children, a book of short stories, three books on Middle Eastern history, and reviews and literary criticism.
Whilst he was working at the BBC, Newby wrote mostly at the weekends, fuelled by "excitement over a crux, a donnée, a paradox that I imperfectly understand." This crux was chiefly psychological, and often it was also related to nationality.
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The header image a detail from The Picnic at Sakkara, drawn and painted by Davies Bailey.
Read the books
- Booker Prize winner: Something to Answer For (1968, Faber Finds)
- Kith (1977, Faber Finds)
- The Barbary Light (1962, Faber Finds)
- A Guest and His Going (1960, Faber Finds)
- Revolution and Roses (1957, Faber Finds)
- The Picnic at Sakkara (1955, Faber Finds)
- A Season in England (1951, Faber Finds)
- Mariner Dances (1948, Faber Finds)
- Agents and Witnesses (1947, Faber Finds)
- Journey to the Interior (1945, Faber Finds)