Category Archives: Newspapers

Waugh and George Steer (More)

The Spanish newspaper El Mundo has published a feature length story on British correspondent George Steer to mark the 80th anniversary of the attack on Guernica in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War. Steer, reporting for The Times, is credited with … Continue reading

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Decline and Fall and British Humour

Writing in Standpoint magazine ("War on Waugh"), Waugh's great grand-daughter Constance Watson expresses dismay at the reaction to the BBC's adaptation of Decline and Fall which recently concluded its three-episode run on BBC One (emphasis supplied):The great British sense of … Continue reading

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Cousin Jasper's Advice

Rosamund Urwin in the Evening Standard has written an article about degree results. She opens with this:In Evelyn Waugh’s novel Brideshead Revisited, the protagonist Charles Ryder receives advice from his cousin Jasper before starting his Oxford degree. “You want a first … Continue reading

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Mugwump Redivivus

In the present UK electoral climate, The Spectator has republished a 1959 article by Evelyn Waugh in which he expressed his views of elected governments: ‘Mugwumps‘ are in the news today, after Boris Johnson used the term to describe Jeremy Corbyn. In the 2 … Continue reading

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Philip Sassoon, The Duke of Kent and the Sitwells

Waugh crops up in a number of articles about the upper class in the interwar period. In  Spear's magazine, editor William Cash reviews a book by Damian Collins, MP for Folkestone and Hythe. This is a biography of Philip Sassoon entitled … Continue reading

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Milk in First (More)

Two papers today have independently quoted Evelyn Waugh on the issue of when to add milk to one's tea. In the Liverpool Echo there is a feature article on the subject that opens with the claim that "Liverpool is the … Continue reading

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More Praise for BBC's Decline and Fall from the Spectator

The Spectator in a blog column by Douglas Murray has added to its earlier praise for the BBC's adaptation of Waugh's Decline and Fall. This follows Friday's transmission of the final episode of the series and focuses on that episode. But … Continue reading

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TLS Reviews BBC's Decline and Fall

In a departure from its usual practice, the TLS has added a TV column to its current issue. This contains Robert Douglas-Fairhurst's review, entitled "Vile Buddies," of the BBC adaptation of Waugh's novel Decline and Fall which concluded with last night's … Continue reading

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Biffing: A History

Today's Times notes the issuance of the UK paperback edition of a WWII history which has Wavian overtones. This is The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: Churchill’s Mavericks Who Plotted Hitler’s Defeat by Giles Milton. In his brief notice, Lawrence James explains:The Castrator, a … Continue reading

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Times Previews Episode 3 of Decline and Fall

The Times has provided a detailed preview of tonight's final episode of the BBC's adaptation of Waugh's novel Decline and Fall. Not surprisingly, given the darker contents of the latter part of the novel, the preview by James Jackson finds … Continue reading

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