Author of the Month: Norman Lewis

Journalist and travel writer Norman Lewis, once described by Graham Greene as ‘one of the best writers, not of any particular decade, but of our century’, is our Author of the Month for October. After a series of attempts to make a living during the 1930s, including as a wedding photographer, an auctioneer, an umbrella wholesaler and a motorcycle racer at Harringay Stadium and White City he saw military service during WW2 in Italy and North Africa, and Italy, in particular Sicily and Naples, was a subject he returns to several times in his writing.

Another of his lifelong preoccupations was the plight of indigenous peoples, in Indonesia, India and Latin America in particular, and his article ‘Genocide in Brazil’, published in the Sunday Times in 1968 and which he later described as ‘the most worthwhile of all my endeavours’ led directly to the founding of the global charity and campaign group Survival International.

Travel writing publisher Eland has now republished much of his work, allowing new generations to encounter the writings of a remarkable man, as remarkable for his self-effacement and modesty as for his extraordinary achievements.