Tag Archives: Evelyn Waugh

David Footman, “Pig and Pepper”

Pig and Pepper entered my life as a lovely surprise. A Faithful Reader who has become an actual in-person friend dug it up for me. Here’s how: she remembered reading, in an article from The Guardian, a roundup of great … Continue reading

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Edward St. Aubyn, “The Patrick Melrose Novels”

All of the current enthusiasm for Edward St. Aubyn’s latest novel At Last made me curious about the earlier Patrick Melrose books — curious but nervous. On the one hand, they were supposed to be dazzling dissections of emotional disarray … Continue reading

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Tom Rachman, “The Imperfectionists”

Has Tom Rachman written the obituary of the daily newspaper? Or is this just warmed-over Evelyn Waugh? Continue reading

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Lloyd Jones, “Mister Pip”

Very early in this book comes a piece of wisdom from Mr. Watts (also known as Pop Eye, and as “Mister Pip”): “I have no wisdom, none at all.  The truest thing I can tell you is that whatever we … Continue reading

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Jane Mulvagh, “Madresfield: The Real Brideshead”

This one’s a little frustrating. Madresfield is a little-known English country house that served as the inspiration for Brideshead Revisited.  But part of what made it interesting to Mulvagh was its early history and the fact that the house has … Continue reading

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