Tag Archives: Paula Byrne

Waugh and the Country House (more)

Evelyn Waugh’s biographer Paula Byrne has reviewed the book House of Fiction by Phyllis Richardson in the current TLS. This book has been mentioned in several recent posts but Byrne focuses more closely on Richardson’s descriptions of Evelyn Waugh’s relations … Continue reading

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George Smiley and Basil Seal

The Evening Standard has reviewed John Le Carre’s latest novel A Legacy of Spies in which he revives his old characters from the George Smiley novels. The reviewer David Sexton has this observation about the pitfalls of this practice: Often it … Continue reading

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Waugh Events Announced

There will be a panel on Evelyn Waugh at the Blenheim Palace Festival of Literature, Film & Music in October. This will consist of Paula Byrne, Alex Preston and Justine Picardie who will discuss the life and loves of Evelyn Waugh … Continue reading

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Waugh and Country Houses

There have been several recent articles that mention Evelyn Waugh in connection with English country houses: Carlton Towers. As noted in a recent post, this house was the setting of Hetton Abbey in the 1980s film version of A Handful of … Continue reading

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Lucy, Paula, Jane and Evelyn

Columnist Jennifer Selway in her Daily Express entertainment gossip column brings Evelyn Waugh into a literary scholarship cat fight between Waugh biographer Paula Byrne, PhD (Liverpool), and BBC historical TV presenter Lucy Worsley, DPhil (Sussex), both of whom have also written … Continue reading

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Paula Byrne to Appear at Highclere and Other Waugh News

Biographer Paula Byrne (author of Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead (2009)) will appear in a program entitled “Literature and Landscapes” to be held at Highclere Castle near Newbury, Berkshire, in May. The venue is better known as the … Continue reading

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Waugh Biographer to Appear at Oxford

As part of Oxford Alumni Weekend (16-18 September), Waugh biographer Paula Byrne will appear with her husband Jonathan Bate in a program entitled “The Life of the Biographer.”  The discussion at Worcester College is described in the program: The art … Continue reading

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Scoop in the News

Waugh’s 1930s novel Scoop about newspapers and journalists has itself made the news in two journals this week. The Independent, now an online-only newspaper, has compiled a list of  “novels or films whose invented insider culture influenced real life.” Here’s … Continue reading

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Evelyn and Kick (Still More)

Two more London papers have published articles about Paula Byrne’s new book on Kathleen Kennedy, entitled Kick. See earlier posts. The Daily Mail features it as the Book of the Week. Waugh is prominently mentioned in that review, by Ginny Dougary, … Continue reading

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Evelyn and Kick

Paula Byrne’s book about Kathleen (“Kick”) Kennedy is reviewed in today’s Independent newspaper of Ireland. Byrne previously wrote a study of Waugh and the Lygon family of Madresfield: Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead. She spoke about her latest book, entitled Kick: … Continue reading

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