Hatchards book shop on Piccadilly has declared Waugh’s The Loved One to be its favorite novella:
Over the last eight months Hatchards has run a campaign to discover which novella of the last 200 years is our customers favourite. We are delighted to say that ‘The Loved One’ by Evelyn Waugh has triumphed… [The book] is a barmy satire which features a crazy ex-pat community, a thoroughly unenthusiastic agony aunt and a love triangle of morticians which all lead to ‘The Loved One’ being a truly magnificent novella. To celebrate the success of ‘The Loved One’ we have commissioned a brand new hardback edition exclusive to Hatchards. Gorgeously presented with a specially designed jacket, William Morris endpapers and with a limited print run this beautiful book is now available to all of our customers.
Hatchards don’t offer their definition of “novella”, so it is difficult to know what other books were in the running.