British writer and grammarian Lynne Truss has named Evelyn Waugh her favorite writer. This is in an interview in today’s “One Minute With…” column in the i Newspaper, as reposted on PressReader. Truss is probably best known for her 2003 book Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation. Here’s an excerpt from the interview:
Q. Who is your favorite author and why do you admire him/her?
A. Evelyn Waugh. Although I hate his snobbery, I love his economy of style, and his dialogue. There is a audiobook of his Decline and Fall read by Michael Maloney that I’ve listened to half-a-dozen times: it still makes my laugh and laugh.