Category Archives: Black Mischief

Mischief in Manchuria

The South China Morning Post has a feature length article about a sensational kidnapping that took place in late 1932 and captured the attention of, inter alia, Evelyn Waugh. The story by Paul French is entitled “How Chinese bandits’ kidnapping … Continue reading

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Sunday Roundup: from Rails to Balls

–The new railroad line from Djibouti to Addis Ababa is featured in a recent illustrated story in the Irish Times. This project was financed by the Chinese and was placed into full operation earlier this year. The service is now … Continue reading

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Political Roundup

Waugh’s novel Scoop tops the list of those works cited in this week’s political press: –Tina Brown writes on the 10th anniversary of her news website The Daily Beast and recalls the selection of its name: A vexing problem in … Continue reading

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A Visit to Madresfield

Our reader and EWS member Milena Borden has kindly sent the following report of her recent visit to Madresfield Court: At Madresfield A strikingly beautiful house appears a short distance after driving through Madresfield village and turning towards Madresfield Court. … Continue reading

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William Boyd, Winston Churchill and Evelyn Waugh

Simon Kuper writing in the Financial Times reports an interview with novelist William Boyd. This is on the occasion of publication of Boyd’s latest novel Love is Blind: Boyd draws a “binary division” between two kinds of novelist: autobiographers, such … Continue reading

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Labor Day Roundup

Spy writer Ben Macintyre was recently interviewed by the New York Times. To the question which book by another author do you wish you had written, he answered: I would love to have written “Scoop,” by Evelyn Waugh, that vicious … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Anthonys

The current issue of the London Review of Books has an essay by Prof Perry Anderson on Anthony Powell.  This considers the recent biography of Powell by Hilary Spurling and morphs into a longer critical consideration of Powell’s works. It is … Continue reading

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Unsung Waughs

A posting by Ralph Berry on the weblog of the “paleoconservative” journal Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture cites one of Waugh’s least read novels: I was lately in Exeter, hoping to see something of the Islamic Centre at the … Continue reading

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Waugh Novels in a New “Trilogy”

In a paper posted on the website culturedvultures.com (described as “a community dedicated to helping writers of all experiences and backgrounds to have their work seen and read”), Huw Saunders proposes a new “trilogy” of books about Africa. Two of the books … Continue reading

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Spanish Versions of Waugh Recommended

An essay has been posted on the books blog of the Madrid-based free circulation newspaper called 20 Minutos. The story has been picked up by other Spanish language publications, including at least one in Mexico. This is by bookseller and … Continue reading

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