Category Archives: A Tourist in Africa

The Art (and Power) of the Book Blurb

In the current issue of the TLS, DJ Taylor addresses in the “Freelance” column “blurb-writing” for book covers and promotional materials. He begins with a discussion of the various considerations brought to bear in composing a successful blurb. These are … Continue reading

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Roundup: Fleabag and Brexit

—The Times earlier this week carried a review of an ongoing BBC TV series called Fleabag, currently in its 2nd season. The review by Ann Marie Hourihane opens with this: God is what you’ve got left when you’re done with sex; … Continue reading

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Waugh in Kenya

A French language weblog is in the process of posting a longer article entitled “The Happy Valley: Des Blancs au Kenya [Whites in Kenya]”. This contains, in part 2, a brief chapter on Evelyn Waugh’s contribution to the subject. 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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Travelers’ Waugh

Evelyn Waugh was well known as a travel writer and two foreign newspapers have cited his work in their recent travel columns. In the Kenyan newspaper, Daily Nation, columnist John Fox pulled out an old, unread copy of Waugh’s last … Continue reading

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A Norwegian Review of Waugh’s Career

The latest issue of Agenda Magasin (a Norwegian language journal) includes an extended esaay on the career of Evelyn Waugh and his literary legacy in Norway. This is by Ivar Dale and is written on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of … Continue reading

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Tourist in Africa as Prophecy

A blogger has posted on the internet his 27-page article on Waugh’s final (and much neglected) travel book Tourist in Africa. This is Dr. Robert Hickson who sees in Waugh’s descriptions of 1959 East Africa (particularly those of Tanganyika and … Continue reading

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Helena on List of Recommended Historical Novels

A bookblog (mirabile dictu) has published its list of the 10 best literary and pop novels set in the ancient world. Waugh’s Helena makes the list at No. 6: Evelyn Waugh’s Helena (1950). Said to be the favorite of his books, … Continue reading

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Waugh and the Winter Break

One of the bloggers on the New Criterion magazine became so depressed by the New York weather he looked for books describing adventures in warmer climes: With that in mind, I’ve been reading Evelyn Waugh’s riotous A Tourist in Africa, which … Continue reading

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Travel-Writing Geezers

Yesterday’s South China Morning Post reviews a collection of travel writing by those over 60: To Oldly Go. The reviewer separates the writers into those who find travel wonderful, those who take themselves too seriously and those “who have gradually become world-weary, curmudgeonly … Continue reading

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