Category Archives: Wales

Duncan McLaren in Grahamland

Duncan McLaren has added a new essay to his website. This is entitled “Evelyn Concluded or Ask Alastair” and is devoted exclusively to Alastair Graham and his on and off relationship with Evelyn Waugh in the 1920s and a bit … Continue reading

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Waugh Watering Holes in the News

Two pubs associated with Evelyn Waugh’s life in the 1920-30s have recently been in the news: the Abingdon Arms in Beckley, Oxon., and the Fair View Inn in Llanddulas, North Wales. In  one case the news is good, in the … Continue reading

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Waugh and the Jellyfish

A recent travel guide includes a reference to Waugh’s fortuitous encounter with a jellyfish off the coast of Wales in 1925, where its intervention aborted Waugh’s attempted suicide. This guide is entitled Britain by the Book and is written by academic … Continue reading

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Alastair Graham, Steven Runciman and More Misfits

A blogger named John (who lives in the Southern US) posted on his weblog Notes from a Common-place Book a report of his recent trip to England. This posting is dated 4 September 2017. He sought out gravesites of writers he considered “misfits” … Continue reading

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Scribble, Scribble, Mr Waugh

In their Daily Express column, Richard and Judy are reminded of Evelyn Waugh in a noisy pub where they can hardly here a conversation: But then the background cacophony dropped momentarily, just long enough for me to pick up a … Continue reading

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Waugh and Wales and Fashion

A recent article in the TLS entitled “Do the Welsh Just Sing?” by Samuel Graydon opens with a quote from Decline and Fall: “The Welsh . . . are the only nation in the world that has produced no graphic or … Continue reading

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Wales Promotes “Decline and Fall” Tourism

The Daily Post (Llandudno) has published a story explaining Waugh’s connection with the Arnold House school in nearby Llanddulas. In Decline and Fall, Waugh renamed the place Llanabba and called the school after the house: …It was [here] in January … Continue reading

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Waugh Topic of Lecture and Preview

This month will see Waugh’s biographer Martin Stannard lecture in Oxford and the BBC’s film of Decline and Fall previewed in Cardiff: Campion Hall in Oxford will host a lecture by Prof Martin Stannard entitled “No Abiding City: Evelyn Waugh and America”. Stannard, … Continue reading

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Metropolitan Papers Continue to Trail D&F Production

The Daily Mail has published more photos from the Welsh location setting of the BBC’s production of Waugh’s novel Decline & Fall. Most of these feature Eva Longoria between takes as Margot Beste-Chetwynde, but there are also several of Jake … Continue reading

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Waugh in the Daily Mail

Evelyn Waugh rates two mentions in this week’s issues of the Daily Mail. Gossip columnist Ephraim Hardcastle has this takeaway from Philip Eade’s biography: Was literary giant Evelyn Waugh, who died in 1966 aged 62, a paedophile? According to a … Continue reading

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