travel writer and journalist, born in Barnes, London. Among his major works are The Last Grain Race (1956), an unsentimental account of his time as an apprentice aboard the ‘Moshulu’ (a four‐masted steel barque), and its journey from Australia to Europe; A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush (1958) which recounts, with much hilarity, two friends' bumbling attempt to climb Mir Samir in Afghanistan; and Love and War in the Appennines (1971), an account of his time as an escapee from a POW camp and his meeting with Wanda, who later became his wife. Newby was a POW (1942–5) and awarded the MC in 1945. Something Wholesale (1962) recounts his experiences in the fashion industry. He was travel editor on the Observer (1963–73), and awarded the CBE in 1994.