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Something to Answer For - P. H. Newby

Something to Answer For

By: P. H. Newby

Paperback | 25 July 2018

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The winner of the inaugural Booker Prize in 1969, Something to Answer For is humorous, macabre and beautifully intricate novel set in Egypt during the Suez Crisis.

It is 1956 and Townrow is in Port Said - of these two facts he's reasonably certain. He has been summoned by the widow of his deceased friend, Elie Khoury. She is convinced that Elie was murdered, but nobody seems to agree with her. What about Leah Strauss, the mistress? And the invading British paratroops? Only an Englishman, surely, would take for granted that the British have behaved themselves.

In this disorientating world Townrow must assess the rules by which he has been living his life - to wonder whether he, too, may have something to answer for ...

About the Author

Percy Howard Newby wrote twenty-three novels and six works of non-fiction. He was born in East Sussex in 1918. He joined the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1939, and visited Egypt for the first time in 1941, as part of the army's Middle East Force. From 1942 Newby was released from the army to teach English Literature at Fouad 1st University in Cairo, where he stayed until 1946. During that time he wrote his first novel. In 1947 he returned to England to write, joining the BBC in 1949 as a talks producer. He created literary-based broadcasting for the Third Programme (which became Radio Three), before becoming controller of that station in 1958, and then Managing Director of BBC Radio in 1975. He retired from the BBC in 1978, having been awarded a CBE. Newby died in 1997, in Oxfordshire.

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