Category Archives: Fiction

Halloween Roundup

–There are several reviews this week of William Boyd’s new novel Trio. Waugh is mentioned in some of them. The Guardian’s review opens with this: …Some of his comic writing suggests a kinship with Evelyn Waugh as a farceur of rare … Continue reading

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War Trilogy: Fake Novels and an Anniversary

In the latest issue of TLS, D J Taylor has written an essay on what he calls “Made-up Stories” or fake novels. What reminded him of the genre (if that’s what it is) was his recent re-reading of Anthony Powell’s … Continue reading

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A Handful of Reading in the Lockdown

An article in the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera addresses the question of why booksales and reading  have enjoyed revivals during the Covid 19 lockdowns. This is by Alessandro Piperno and portions are translated below: …Personally I am grateful to … Continue reading

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Roundup: From Goldfinger to What’s Become of Waring?

–The Guardian has announced the death earlier this month of actress Margaret Nolan (1943-2020). She had …a noticeable role in the Beatles film A Hard Day’s Night (as the girl accompanying Wilfrid Brambell in a casino), and the James Bond … Continue reading

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Virtual Book Launch for Helena

The Oxford University Press and Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh project have announced a virtual book launch for the publication of Helena. The book (volume 11 of the Complete Works) will be published next month in the UK, with North … Continue reading

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Vile Bodies BBC Radio Adaptation Posted

A 90-minute BBC Radio adaptation of Vile Bodies has been posted on YouTube. The posting is by  It is also available on other sites. The adaptation was written by Barry Campbell and was first broadcast on 31 October 1970 … Continue reading

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Muggeridge Anniversary

The National Review has posted both print and audio versions of an article in which M D Aeschliman notes the upcoming 30th anniversary of Malcolm Muggeridge’s death. It opens with this: Malcolm Muggeridge died 30 years ago and had so … Continue reading

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Roundup: Boyd, Banville and Paper Hats

–Novelist William Boyd is interviewed in The Times by Robbie Millen. This is on the occasion of the publication of Boyd’s new novel Trio  which is about the creation of a film in the late 1960s. After establishing Boyd’s somewhat … Continue reading

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Peregrine Worsthorne 1923-2020: RIP

Noted 20th century journalist Peregrine Worsthorne has died at the age of 97. He was an admirer and chronicler of the aristocracy. Waugh shared some of his admiration but also satirized the upper classes. In Worsthorne’s case, he was more … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Atwaters

Duncan McLaren has posted an article about an interesting crossover between novels of Evelyn Waugh and Anthony Powell. On Waugh’s side this appears in Work Suspended (written 1939/published 1942) in which the minor character of Arthur Atwater appears. The connection … Continue reading

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