Category Archives: Interviews

Waugh on Sunday

This week’s Sunday Times contains an adulatory interview of novelist William Boyd. After describing his career at Gordonstoun School as happier than that of Prince Charles, the interview turns to his writing. His first book, published in 1983,  was … … 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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V S Naipaul (More)

More articles have come to light in which V S Naipaul’s attitude toward the writings of Evelyn Waugh is discussed: In the online newspaper The Daily Beast there is a story by Alice McNearney about the accidental destruction of Naipaul’s … Continue reading

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Visits with V S Naipaul

Two recent stories following the death of V S Naipaul have Waugh connections. Most prominent are the reflections by Alexander Waugh of his several meetings with Naipaul dating back to his childhood when Sir Vidia came to visit his father. … Continue reading

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BBC Airs Muriel Spark Film

BBC2 last week broadcast a one hour documentary on the life and works of novelist Muriel Spark: The Many Primes of Muriel Spark. This was originally transmitted in January on BBC Scotland to mark Spark’s centenary. The program was presented … Continue reading

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An Uncertain Guest: Video Memoir of Evelyn Waugh

A posting on YouTube’s series “Web of Stories” contains a short video memoir of Evelyn Waugh recorded by the late John Julius Norwich. He was the only child of Waugh’s close friend Diana Cooper and her husband Duff. The memoir is … Continue reading

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Roundup: Brideshead Matters

In an article posted on National Catholic Register, Joseph Pearce considers whether education still matters and concludes that it should but doesn’t always manage. In order to matter, education must teach the truth as revealed in the wisdom of the … Continue reading

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Roundup: Brideshead Über Alles

Perhaps in connection with what was effectively the BBC’s 10th anniversary rebroadcast of the 2008 film adaptation of Brideshead Revisited earlier this week, there have been several discussions of the novel and the film on the internet: –An Australian Roman … Continue reading

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Five Books (more)

Reader Dave Lull has done some additional research in the archives of the Five Books interviews and came up with a July 2012 interview with Waugh biographer Selina Hastings. See previous post. She was asked about books relating to Waugh … Continue reading

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TV Series Previewed: Like Trainspotting Written by Evelyn Waugh

The Sunday Times has an interview of Benedict Cumberbatch and a preview of his new Patrick Melrose TV series. Cumberbatch both produced the series and plays the leading role. The books  were adapted for TV by David Nicholls who previously … Continue reading

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