Category Archives: Hampstead

A Visit to Burgh House Exhibit: Evelyn Waugh and Basil Bourchier

Milena Borden has kindly sent this report of her visit to a Waugh-related exhibit in North London which was mentioned in a previous post: Closing this Sunday, the exhibition A Totally Preposterous Parson: Evelyn Waugh and Basil Bourchier is displayed in … Continue reading

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Waugh Exhibit in Hampstead Museum

The Hampstead Museum at Burgh House has announced the opening of a small exhibit “on the landing” relating to Evelyn Waugh. Here’s a description from the museum’s website: Evelyn Waugh, the distinguished twentieth century writer, grew up in North End Road, on … Continue reading

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Handful, Oxford and North End Road

Author Gill Hornby in her Daily Mail column takes up the literary genre of expat novels. This is in response to two of her children expatriating themselves: We Brits didn’t only build the model for expat life, we’ve also provided its … Continue reading

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The Bolthole and the Beast

Both the Financial Times and the Guardian have stories this weekend based on Waugh’s writngs. They are also mentioned prominently in two Australian papers. Writing in the FT, Janan Ganesh sees what may be the passing of the middle class longing … Continue reading

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Two Openings and a Debut

A Waugh quote opens an article in the South China Morning Post about Djibouti: Not that long ago, Djibouti was known for little more than French legionnaires, atrocious heat and being at the other end of a railway line to … Continue reading

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Colossus of Snobbery

Critic and novelist D J Taylor has written a book inspired by William Thackeray entitled The New Book of Snobs, to be published later this month. An excerpt appears in the Daily Mail. This deals mostly with Taylor’s account of his own … Continue reading

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Orwell Society Visits Waugh Site

A member of the Orwell Society has posted a report of a visit made by a group of its members to North London sites associated with George Orwell. The visit started in Hampstead with a stop at the site of … Continue reading

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Waugh Plaque Used in Property Promotion

A North London property promotion site has made prominent use of a photo of the English Heritage Blue Plaque on Evelyn Waugh’s family home (145 North End Road, NW11 7HT). This is Ham & High Properties promotional material for sales in … Continue reading

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Waugh Connections

Times gossip columnist Patrick Kidd discusses Phiip Eade’s identification of models for Waugh characters in today’s “Diary”: …Lord Parakeet in Decline and Fall was based on Gavin Henderson, an exceedingly camp noble who, on becoming Lord Faringdon, opened a speech … Continue reading

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Evelyn Waugh and the Preposterous Parson

A book describing the career of Rev Basil Bourchier, the first vicar of St Jude-on-the-Hill in Hampstead Garden Suburb, has been written by the current vicar, Alan Walker. Evelyn Waugh’s family were parishioners at the church in his youth, and … Continue reading

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