Novelist Piers Paul Read has compiled a list of the Top 10 Novels About Unfaithful Wives earlier this week in the Guardian. Among those named are Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina. It seemed odd that there was nothing by Waugh on the list given his near obsession with this theme. A commenter soon put that right:
No mention of Brenda Last in Waugh’s A Handful of Dust. There’s also Virginia Crouchback in his Sword of Honour, whose son by her hairdresser will inherit her husband’s estate at the end of the book.
And why not add Julia Flyte in Brideshead Revisited while we’re at it?