Tag Archives: Evening Standard

Elizabeth II (1926-2022) R.I.P.

The main story of the week is of course the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Waugh commented little about the monarchy,  but some of the papers found relevant references in his works. –Dominic Green writing in the Wall Street Journal … Continue reading

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Summer Bank Holiday Roundup

–D J Taylor in the latest issue of Literary Review has written a review of the new biography by Patrick Donovan. This is entitled Arnold Bennett: Last Icon. It was mentioned in a previous post.  Here’s an excerpt from the … Continue reading

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Jubilee Roundup

–An American edition of Paula Byrne’s biography of novelist Barbara Pym is being published next week. This is entitled The Adventures of Miss Barbara Pym and was issued last year in the UK by William Collins, which is also publishing … Continue reading

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Washington’s Birthday Roundup

–In the TLS, backpage columnist M.C. is reminded of the BBC television quiz show Take It or Leave It. Devised by Brigid Brophy, this quiz show ran from 1964 until 1971 on BBC Two. “Preference and prejudice towards books and … Continue reading

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The Cult of the Country House Reconsidered

A reference to the article of Matthew d’Ancona in the Evening Standard was inadvertently omitted from yesterday’s post on the critical reception of the BBC’s adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s novel The Pursuit of Love. This is a pity because it … Continue reading

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Earth Day Roundup

–Several other papers have run stories about the sale of Combe Florey House. The most extensive photographic displays are in the Daily Mail and Country Life which also have brief discussions of the Waugh family’s associations with the house. The … Continue reading

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New Biography of Graham Greene

A new biography of Graham Greene has been published. The UK edition is entitled Russian Roulette and is written by Richard Greene (no relation but editor of a collection of Graham’s letters). The book is reviewed in the Sunday Times by … Continue reading

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Pre-Easter Roundup

–Roger Lewis has posted another reading list for the current epidemic. This is in the Daily Mail and is entitled “Keep laughing and read on.” Waugh’s 1938 novel Scoop is among those recommended: William Boot, who contributes nature columns on … Continue reading

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Waugh’s Illustrators in the News

Two of Waugh’s illustrators have been prominently mentioned in recent newspaper articles, and in one case a TV series: Rex Whistler provided the illustrations for Waugh’s post war booklet Wine in Peace and War. These were based on drawings he … Continue reading

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4th of July Weekend Roundup

–America: The Jesuit Review has reposted on its website a 2013 essay about Waugh written by Jon M Sweeney. The essay was a response to the re-issuance of all of his fiction in the USA by Little, Brown and all … Continue reading

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