Tag Archives: Financial Times

Weekend Roundup: French Connections

In a Times review of  Nina Caplan’s new book The Wandering Vine: Wine, the Romans and Me, reviewer Michael Henderson includes this as his opening: “O for a beaker full of the warm south!” Keats, who died in Rome, gave … Continue reading

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Waugh as Biographer, Up to a Point

In this week’s Spectator, the lead book review (“Biography is a thoroughly reprehensible genre”) is by Roger Lewis. In this, he describes a book by James Atlas entitled The Shadow in the Garden: A Biographer’s Tale. Atlas is a literary … Continue reading

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Prendergast’s Wig and Brexit

A reader of the Financial Times has written to the paper equating Brexit to the wig of Waugh’s character Mr Prendergast in his novel Decline and Fall. Here’s the explanation from Geoff Scargill of Stockport: … All the boys know it … Continue reading

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Weekend Roundup of Waviana

An Athens art exhibit has been titled “The Unseen Hook” (Το αόρατο αγκίστρι). The name is taken from Evelyn Waugh’s novel Brideshead Revisited. As explained in an article on a Greek website: The “invisible hook” is what binds us to … Continue reading

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Waugh’s Influence: A Roundup

–Jessica Fellowes, niece of the creator of Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes, has written a novel. This follows several companion books relating to the TV series. The novel is entitled The Mitford Murders and sounds like a combination of Agatha Christie … 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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Bodleian Acquires Ducker Archives

Oxford’s Bodleian Library has announced the acquisition of the ledger books of the bespoke shoemakers Ducker and Son located for many years on The Turl. See earlier post. The acquisition was made at auction with the the financial support of … Continue reading

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Waugh in Reviews

The Prufrock column in this week’s Weekly Standard magazine contains this reference to the new book Ronald Knox: A Man for All Seasons, with a link to a review of the book: The Catholic priest Ronald Knox made a deep … Continue reading

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Waugh in the Papers

There are references to Waugh and his works in several major newspapers. In The Weekend Australian, an article in their opinion section urged Brits, Yanks and Aussies to stop blaming voters they view as irredeemably dim for results such as Brexit, Trump and, in … Continue reading

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Waugh Books Feature in Best of Year Listings

UK newspapers have begun listing their best of the year selections, and books about Waugh feature in several of them. Philip Eade’s biography was named in numerous papers. The Financial Times included the book in its selections of best literary non-fiction: … Continue reading

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