LONDON: Eccentric publisher Naim Attallah passed away last week at the age of 89 after contracting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), but the Palestinian-British man’s legacy — which includes his glamorous lifestyle — will outlive him for generations to come.
Attallah was born in 1931 to a Catholic family in Haifa, which was a part of Palestine at the time. In 1949, when he was 18 years old, his parents sent him to the UK to complete an engineering degree at the Battersea Polytechnic in London. His time at the institution was cut short due to financial restrictions imposed by the Israeli government in 1951, and so he pursued greater ambitions.
Over the next few years, and with no source of income from home, Attallah worked odd jobs in order to survive, a fact that would lead him to be described as self-made. This included work as a steeplejack, a bouncer at an all-night jazz club, a worker at an electrical factory and a banker, before becoming the well-dressed author and…
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