In the Daily Express, British actor Peter Davison lists Waugh’s first novel Decline and Fall among his favorite books:
It is the book that got me into reading. I didn’t really read at school but once I became an actor and reading wasn’t obligatory I read like a lunatic.This is about a student’s adventures in a rarefied world in the 1930s. It’s brilliantly written and very funny.
Davison, 65, recently wrote his autobiography Is there Life Outside the Box? which will be published in the US next week. He is best known for his comic performances in TV series such as All Creatures Great and Small, A Very Peculiar Practice, At Home with the Braithwaites, and The Last Dectective. Among his other favorites, aside from several classics, are the contemporary comic novels Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections and A Short History of a Small Place by T R Pearson.