P.H. Newby’s 17th novel made literary history in 1969, when it was named as the inaugural winner of the Booker Prize.
It was 1956 and he was in Port Said.
About these two facts he was reasonably certain but a murderous attack left him certain about little else - maybe just the conviction that the British usually did the right thing and that to be a crook a man must assume the society he lived in was honest.
About the AuthorP.H. Newby was the first winner of the Booker Prize. He was a perpetual high achiever – a novelist and BBC mandarin who in 1969 became the first winner of the Booker Prize, for Something to Answer For.