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Third World

Frank Kermode

2 March 1989
... than in the bureaucracy, so much more amenable to research: the giddier flights, of which she might have discovered something by interviewing, say, Donald Carne-Ross, are largely ignored. P.H.Newby, under whose patient aegis many splendid irregularities were committed, appears here, as no doubt he preferred, in the guise of a quietly embattled bureaucrat, with no indication that he was in his ...

Cold Winds

Walter Nash

18 December 1986
Answered Prayers 
by Truman Capote.
Hamish Hamilton, 181 pp., £9.95, November 1986, 0 241 11962 6
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A Rich Full Death 
by Michael Dibdin.
Cape, 204 pp., £9.95, October 1986, 9780224023870
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Leaning in the Wind 
by P.H. Newby.
Faber, 235 pp., £9.95, November 1986, 0 571 14512 4
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The Way-Paver 
by Anne Devlin.
Faber, 155 pp., £8.95, November 1986, 0 571 14597 3
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... never know nothing and never know much, and who concluded: People Who Do Things exceed my endurance; God, for a man who solicits insurance! Either view could be supported from the pages of P.H.Newby’s Leaning in the Wind, in which one of the principal characters, as it happens, is both a poet and an insurance man. Edwin Parsler, poetic and foxhunting Englishman, works in the legal division of ...

Booker Books

Frank Kermode

22 November 1979
... that it isn’t easy to see much significance in the list – perhaps there’s a nostalgia for the old Empire (Scott, J.G. Farrell, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, plus Nadine Gordimer, Naipaul, and P.H.Newby on Suez). Negatively, you won’t expect, and won’t find, anything that looks very ‘experimental’. Muriel Spark must have come up again and again, sometimes against what, looking at the list ...

Joseph Jobson

Patrick Wormald

18 April 1985
Saladin in his Time 
by P.H. Newby.
Faber, 210 pp., £10.95, November 1983, 0 571 13044 5
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Soldiers of the Faith: Crusaders and Moslems at War 
by Ronald Finucane.
Dent, 247 pp., £12.50, November 1983, 0 460 12040 9
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... narrow self-righteousness; and the Holy War itself was nothing more than a long act of intolerance in the name of God, which is the sin against the Holy Ghost. As his rather odd title implies, P.H.Newby’s book is an attempt at the ‘Times’ as well as the ‘Life’ of Saladin, Richard I’s great adversary and the conqueror of Jerusalem. One of the differences between the Crusades and earlier ...
6 February 1997
The Envy of the World: Fifty Years of the BBC Third Programme and Radio 3 
by Humphrey Carpenter.
Weidenfeld, 431 pp., £25, September 1996, 0 297 81720 5
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... an almost continuous service of good music’. Not that the changes were immediately obvious. The description of the new network’s inaugural evening (5 April 1970) given by its Controller, P.H.Newby (a spare-time novelist and winner of the first Booker Prize), reads like an epitome of the Third Programme at its most high-minded. Music, musicology, philosophy and modern architecture each had a ...

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