P. H. Newby

P. H. Newby (Percy Howard Newby) was an English novelist and broadcasting administrator. He was born on June 25, 1918, and passed away on September 6, 1997. Newby was the first winner of the Booker Prize in 1969 for his novel 'Something to Answer For.' He served as the Managing Director of BBC Radio and was known for his work in developing the cultural role of broadcasting. His literary career spanned over several decades, and he wrote numerous novels, often exploring themes of history, memory, and identity.


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  1. 1. Something to Answer For

    Set in 1956 during the Suez Crisis, the novel follows Townrow, a man who travels to Egypt after receiving a mysterious letter stating that his friend Elie has died and left him money. As he navigates through the political tensions and chaos of the time, he suffers a head injury that leaves him with an unreliable memory and perception of reality. As he tries to uncover the truth about Elie's death and his own identity, he gets caught up in the historical events unfolding around him.