Al Haram, Nazlet El-Semman, Al Giza Desert, Giza Governorate, Egypt
Newby at the Great Pyramid, Giza, May 1946.
Church End, Hanley Castle, Worcester WR8 0BL, United Kingdom
P. H. Newby was educated at Hanley Castle Grammar School in Worcestershire.
University of Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
P. H. Newby was educated at St Paul's College of Education (now the University of Gloucestershire).
Newby in late 1950s.
Newby at the BBC.
Newby in his later years.
Newby, writing in his office.
(On arrival as a medical orderly at Suez in 1941, Faulkes ...)
On arrival as a medical orderly at Suez in 1941, Faulkes is surprised and alarmed to be greeted by a ghost from his family's past. Grinning and dropping enigmatic hints, there is Uncle Raymond, slyly referring to Faulkes' Aunt. This turns out to be Nadia, the beautiful Copt installed in Cairo, who refuses to answer Raymond's letters, however pleading. Faulkes is enlisted to track her down, but it is an operation so bizarre and bungled, that it will leave all their lives marked. In a deft, stylish and intelligent comedy, Newby evokes all the mystery, farce and splendour of the wartime Egypt that he knew so well.
(Traces the military adventures and territorial expansion ...)
Traces the military adventures and territorial expansion of ancient Egypt and analyzes the reasons for that empire's decline.
(Honored by Christian and Muslim alike, celebrated by Dant...)
Honored by Christian and Muslim alike, celebrated by Dante and Sir Walter Scott, Saladin reigns as the most famous of all Islamic heroes. As sultan of Egypt, Syria, Yemen, and Palestine, he achieved great success in the wars against the crusaders - particularly with his capture of Jerusalem. And, his disciplined army stood in marked contrast to the Christians, who slaughtered indiscriminately following their victory in 1099. This thoroughly researched biography shows Saladin as a skillful diplomat, a generous but firm ruler, and a deeply religious man, who tragically died without enough money to pay for his own grave.
P. H. Newby was educated at Hanley Castle Grammar School in Worcestershire, and St Paul's College of Education (now the University of Gloucestershire).
P. H. Newby was sent to France to serve in World War II as a private in the Royal Army Medical Corps in October 1939. His unit was one of the last to be evacuated. Afterward, he was sent to the Middle East and served in the Egyptian desert. He was released from military service in December 1942, and then taught English Literature at King Fouad University (now Cairo University) until 1946. One of his students was the Egyptian editor Mursi Saad El-Din.
Newby was also a distinguished author. His first novel "A Journey into the Interio" was published in 1945. He then returned to England to write. In 1947, John Lehmann published Newby's boys' adventure story "The Spirit of Jem" with 41 line drawings and a colour dust wrap by Keith Vaughan. In 1947 he also began writing articles and reviews for The Listener.
P. H. Newby had a distinguished career with British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Radio. From 1949 to 1978 he was a radio producer there and going on to become successively Controller of the Third Programme and Radio Three, Director of Programmes (Radio), and finally Managing Director, BBC Radio.
With Mariner Dances in 1948 Newby published the first of the novels set in the English or Welsh countryside. He continued with this setting through "The Snow Pasture" (1949), "The Young May Moon" (1950) and "A Season in England" (1951), although this last attempts to give dimension to the English experience by an opening section placed in Egypt. This period also saw the bulk of his critical writing; in addition to miscellaneous articles, reviews, and introductions, he published two books of criticism, "Maria Edgeworth" (1950) and "The Novel 1945-1950" (1951).
"A Step to Silence" (1952) and "The Retreat" (1953) are a two-volume unit dealing with the reverberations of the Second World War. The comic trilogy - "The Picnic at Sakkara" (1955), "Revolution and Roses" (1957), and "A Guest and his Going" (1959) – dramatizes the Egyptian question from the waning day of Farouk’s reign to the Sues crisis. In "Ten Miles from Anywhere" (1958) Newby collected a number of short stories that had originally appeared in literary periodicals between 1946 and 1957. The Barbary Light appeared in the spring of 1962, and a comic farce, "One of the Founders", in 1965.
Newby returned to the setting of Egypt in "Something to Answer For" and "Kith" (1977), which the novelist Graham Greene considered Newby’s "best book - more funny & more sad than all the rest".
Newby also wrote two books on Egyptian history: "The Egypt Story" (1979) and "Warrior Pharaohs" (1980), the former illustrated by Watergate photographer Fred J. Maroon. "Saladin in His Time", a biography of the first sultan of Egypt and Syria, was published in 1983.
(Honored by Christian and Muslim alike, celebrated by Dant...)1983
(On arrival as a medical orderly at Suez in 1941, Faulkes ...)1977
(Traces the military adventures and territorial expansion ...)1980
Quotes from others about the person
“Anthony Thwaite: "P. H. Newby was one of the best English novelists of the second half of the century."”
Howard Newby married Joan Thompson, a baker’s daughter from Wendover, United Kingdom, in 1946. He wrote about the long hair she had when they first met in his short story "The Baker’s Daughter".