Noel Barber

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Noel Barber (9 September 1909 – 10 July 1988[1]) was a British novelist and journalist. Many of his novels, considered exotic, are about his experiences as leading foreign correspondent for the Daily Mail. He had two brothers: Kenneth, a banker, and Anthony Barber, Baron Barber.[2]

Most notably he reported from Morocco, where he was stabbed five times.[citation needed] In October 1956, Barber survived a gunshot wound to the head by a Soviet sentry in Hungary during the Hungarian revolution.[2] A car crash ended his career as journalist. He then began writing novels: he became a best selling novelist in his seventies with his first novel, Tanamera.

Novels[edit]

  • Tanamera: A Novel of Singapore (1981)
  • A Farewell to France (1983)
  • A Woman of Cairo (1984)
  • Sakkara (1985)
  • The Other Side of Paradise (1986)
  • The Weeping and the Laughter (1988)
  • The Daughters of the Prince (1990)

Non fiction[edit]

  • Cities (1951) (with Rupert Croft-Cooke)[3]
  • Fires of Spring (1952)
  • Strangers in the Sun (1955)
  • A Handful of Ashes: A Personal Testament of the Battle of Budapest (1957)
  • The White Desert (1958)
  • Distant Places (1959)
  • The Flight of the Dalai Lama (1960)
  • Life with Titina (1961)
  • Adventures At Both Poles (1963)
  • Conversations with Painters (1964)
  • The Black Hole of Calcutta (1965)
  • Let's Visit the USA (1967)
  • Sinister Twilight: The Fall And Rise Again of Singapore (1968)
  • From the Land of Lost Content (1969)
  • The War of the Running Dogs: How Malaya Defeated the Communist Guerrillas, 1948-60 (1971)
  • The Sultans (1973)
  • Lords of the Golden Horn: From Suleiman the Magnificent to Kamal Atatürk (1973)
  • Seven Days of Freedom: Hungarian Uprising, 1956 (1974)
  • The Week France Fell: June 10–16, 1940 (1976)
  • The Natives Were Friendly So We Stayed the Night (1977)
  • The Singapore Story (1978)
  • Fall of Shanghai: Communist Takeover in 1949 (1979)

Adaptations[edit]

"Tanamera" was filmed as a television serial in 1989 as Tanamera – Lion of Singapore.

"The Other Side of Paradise" was filmed for TV in 1992.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Corfield, Justin (2010). Historical Dictionary of Singapore. Scarecrow Press. pp. 13–. ISBN 9780810873872. 
  2. ^ a b "Noel Barber Dies at 78". Glasgow Herald. 11 July 1988. Retrieved 19 October 2010. 
  3. ^ http://www.croft-cooke.co.uk/bibliography.html