Paul Torday
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Paul Torday

Paul Torday (; 1 August 1946 - 18 December 2013)[1] was a British writer and the author of the comic novel, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. The book was the winner of the 2007 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic writing [2] and was serialised on BBC Radio 4. It won the Waverton Good Read Award in 2008. It was made into a popular movie in 2011, starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt.


Born in 1946 in Croxdale, County Durham,[3] and educated at the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle and Pembroke College, Oxford, Torday turned to fiction writing only later in life, and his first novel was published at the age of 59. Prior to that he was a successful businessman living in Northumberland. The inspiration for the novel stemmed from Torday's interest in both fly fishing and the Middle East. From these two strands, he weaves a political satire that centres on the world of political spin management.

His second novel is entitled The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce (titled Bordeaux in the United States) and is about a man who drinks himself to death.[4]

In 2008, he was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Galaxy British Book Awards.

Torday's third book The Girl on the Landing was published in 2009. This novel deals principally with the themes of schizophrenia and racism.

His son Piers Torday is a children's writer.



Torday's novels include:[5]

The Paul Torday Memorial Prize

Paul Torday published his first novel Salmon Fishing in the Yemen aged 60. The family decided to set up this new prize in Torday's honour in 2019, celebrating first novels by authors aged 60 or over. This prize is administered by the Society of Authors.


  • Winner: Donald Murray for As the Woman Lay Dreaming (Saraband)

Runner-up: Gaby Koppel for Reparation (Honno Press)



Runner-up: Norma MacMaster for Silence Under A Stone (Doubleday)


See also


  1. ^ Paul Torday, author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, dies aged 67
  2. ^ Lea, Richard (3 May 2007). "A real pig's cheer". London: The Guardian.
  3. ^ "Paul Torday - Obituary". The Guardian. 19 December 2013.
  4. ^ Langdon, Julia (2013-12-19). "Paul Torday obituary". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Paul Torday". Retrieved .

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