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Philip has had an interesting and diverse career, having been an Anglican Priest, a community worker and a biological researcher. Recently he has added “writer of fiction” to his repertoire.
At the moment, Philip is a part time writer. He would love you to help him achieve his goal of writing full time by purchasing one of his books. Hopefully you will also find it a rewarding and fulfilling experience!
Philip was born in the UK, then emigrated as a child with his family to Australia. He currently resides in Cairns, Queensland.
on Nov. 23, 2012 :
Philip Newey’s first novel, Maybe They’ll Remember Me, is a powerful and convoluted love story, but for a reviewer to define it as “just a romance” would be to do the writing an injustice. It is a multi-layered mystery, finely crafted with interesting back stories. Set on several continents and revealed through a fractured timeline, it is very readable!
Newey’s first page sets the tone with a letter that will tie experiences from Second World War and post-war Britain to life in modern day Switzerland, Australia and the United States of America.
“You don’t know me – you might know of me…” begins the letter. And so the intrigue begins.
Gregory, a middle aged son of a deceased father, is lured to Lausanne, Switzerland, to meet The Actress. He meets his dead father, in absentia, and his life will never be the same again.
Maybe They’ll Remember Me involves the reader at a visceral level in the life of Harold, a young merchant seaman who serves on the Queen Mary during WWII, who falls in love with the passionate, provocative Kate.
Life is never predictable. Nor are events or people in this complex, structured tale. The stable of characters are broad in their diversity, environments and volatility. The author gently peels his characters’ layers to reveal their innermost being, which can be a surprise, even to them.
Though he is an astute observer of human behaviour, Newey, occasionally betrays his male orientation, when defining female response.
Philip Newey is an economic writer. The sharpness and detail of the work make it a great and easy read, and his cunning hooks at the end of some chapters lead the reader forward to discover the “what’s next” aspect of the book. Maybe They’ll Remember Me is a read worth the effort.
(reviewed the day of purchase)