Waugh’s 1942 letter to his wife recounting the Commando’s farcical attempt to remove a tree stump from the estate of an aristocrat near their training base in Scotland is read out to great humorous effect by TV actor Geoffrey Palmer. The letter was also recently read at the Hay Festival by another actor, Jude Law. See earlier post. Palmer is best known for his roles in TV series such as The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin and As Time Goes By. The video of his reading was posted last month by Letters Live, which also sponsored the Hay Festival reading.