Category Archives: Work Suspended

Present-Day BYP Reviews Waugh Books

A blogger going by the “nom du net” of The Posh Gurl¬† (real name H.R. Hardy) spent the past month reading and reviewing books by Waughs. She began with Auberon Waugh’s The Foxglove Saga¬†(1960) which she found a great study … Continue reading

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Presentation Copy of Vile Bodies on Sale

Peter Harrington Books has listed a¬†copy of the Vile Bodies first edition. This is a copy which Waugh presented¬†to London chef Marcel Boulestin: First edition, presentation copy, eponymously inscribed on the front endpaper: ‚ÄúFor Marcel Boulestin/ from / Evelyn Waugh … Continue reading

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Basil Seal Rides Yet Again

D.J. Taylor in the Independent announces low expectations for the BBC’s plans to revive¬†its 1970s sit. com.¬†Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em.¬†The plan is to have the 74 year old Michael Crawford reprise his role as¬†youthfully naive Frank Spencer among a … Continue reading

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Max and Diana

Many of our readers¬†will be familiar with the story of how Waugh’s friend Diana Mosley (nee Mitford) and her husband Sir Oswald¬†Mosley (leader of the British Fascist party) were¬†imprisoned in 1940. Diana had, a few weeks before entering prison, given … Continue reading

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Naming Characters: Waugh and Fleming

In an article in yesterday’s¬†Daily Telegraph, Christopher Howse compares the practice of Ian Fleming and Evelyn Waugh to use the names of real persons as characters in their works: “There’s nowt so queer as names.” In Fleming’s James Bond novels,¬†Howse¬†cites … Continue reading

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Peter Watson: Biography of Everard’s Angel

This week’s Spectator reviews a biography of Pater Watson, probably best known to Waugh fans as the financial backer of Cyril Connolly’s Horizon magazine during WWII and early postwar austerity. The magazine and Connolly are satirized as Survival and Everard … Continue reading

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