Category Archives: Auctions

Roundup: A Major Auction and News from the Antipodes

–Auction house Bonham’s has scheduled the sale of several of Waugh’s books. These were presentation copies to F B Walker who worked at Chapman & Hall in the period of their publication. Bonham’s describes the importance of Walker to Waugh … Continue reading

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Roundup: Letters and A Lecture

—BBC Radio Four Extra has announced the rebroadcast of a 1996 adaptation of Waugh’s novel A Handful of Dust. This will be contained in two one-hour episodes. The first is broadcast on Tuesday, 24 October at 0500 repeated at 1500 … Continue reading

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Charlie Watts’s Collection of Waughiana to be Auctioned

Christie’s has announced the sale of the book collection of Charlie Watts, late drummer of the Rolling Stones. Watts was not an ordinary book collector but, as described in Christie’s announcement, had a “deeply thoughtful” taste. This is well defined … Continue reading

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Mid-July Roundup

–Novelist, critic and literary biographer DJ Taylor in this month’s Literary Review writes about literary biographies. His own most recent efforts in this field are a revision and expansion of his biography of George Orwell originally published in 2003 and … Continue reading

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4th of July Roundup

–The website LitHub.com has a story about a proposal by the former royal couple Harry and Meghan to Netflix for what sounds like a prequel to Great Expectations. Should that fail to be commissioned, the LitHub reporter Janet Manley has … Continue reading

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Sale Drama at Piers Court Continues

The Daily Mail has reported the outcome of legal proceedings to order sitting tenants at Piers Court to vacate the premises so that new buyer can take possession. See earlier posts for details of the auction sale that took place … Continue reading

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Piers Court Update in Daily Mail

The Daily Mail has posted an update on the recent auction sale of Piers Court, Waugh’s former residence near Dursley. The article by James Fielding is entitled: “Defiant Evelyn Waugh superfans are STILL living in the literary giant’s £3M Cotswold … Continue reading

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The Sunday Times Explains Piers Court Tenancy Issue

The Sunday Times has posted a Q&A format story in its “Hot Topics” column headed “Everything you need to know about sitting tenants: These occupants are a landlord’s nightmare — as the recent case of Evelyn Waugh’s mansion shows.” It … Continue reading

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Piers Court Sold at Auction

According to the auctioneers and several press reports, Piers Court sold yesterday for £3,160,000. Whether and how the new owners will take possession has not yet been fully explained. According to yesterday’s  Evening Standard “the eight-bedroom house has sold online … Continue reading

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More Details of Piers Court Auction

The Times in a story entitled “Spoiler Alert: Evelyn Waugh fan could stymie mansion sale” has provided more details of the upcoming auction of Piers Court scheduled to take place tomorrow. Here’s an excerpt: It is a story worthy of … Continue reading

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