Nigel Balchin(1908-1970), Novelist
Sitter in 8 portraits
Balchin joined the National Institute of Psychology in 1930 and became a consultant to J.S. Rowntree & Son. He developed a second career as a writer, becoming a regular contributor to Punch under the pseudonym Mark Spade, with How to Run a Bassoon Factory (1934) and Business for Pleasure (1935); these satires on efficiency in the workplace drew on his work at Rowntree. Balchin joined the War Office as a psychologist in 1941 and went on to become Deputy Scientific Adviser to the army council. He came to prominence as a novelist for his works Darkness Falls from the Skies (1942) and The Small Back Room (1943), both of which captured the atmosphere of London during the Blitz.