Born near London, he left a job as a junior ad writer to sign up as an apprentice on aÂ Finnish windjammer Moshulu that rounded Cape HornÂ from Australia to Europe. This gave him his start for the book The Last Grain Race. His sailing life was cut short by WWII and he enlisted in the Black Watch, an elite commando force. He was captured off the coast of Sicily in 1942 and later escaped with the help of local Italians. He later married the daughter of the farmer who sheltered him during the escape, which he wrote about it in his memoir Love and War in the Apennines. After the war, he worked in the women's fashion business but soon left to climb Mir Samir in the Nuristan Mountains of Afghanistan. More books and more travel. He'd likely be the kind of traveling companion you'd want next to you in any adventure. My collection of Newby is below:
3. The Big Red Train Ride (1978). With his wife, Wanda as traveling companion, Newby traveled 6,000 miles from Moscow to the Pacific during the days of the Soviet Union. Â Newby is periodically terrorized by the Russian conductress. Interspersed with black and white pictures. Bought used somewhere.