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Evelyn Waugh

Philip Eade

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20th century, Biography: literary, Prose: non-fiction, Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose write

A scintillating new biography of the novelist Evelyn Waugh, by acclaimed biographer Philip Eade.

'Brisk, lively and wonderfully entertaining' JOHN BANVILLE
'Excellent ... read this book' LITERARY REVIEW
'The best single-volume life of the author available' IRISH TIMES

The much mythologised author of DECLINE AND FALL, A HANDFUL OF DUST and BRIDESHEAD REVISITED was hailed by Graham Greene as 'the greatest novelist of my generation', yet reckoned by Hilaire Belloc to have been possessed by the devil. Evelyn Waugh's literary reputation has continued to rise since Greene's assessment in 1966. Fifty years after his death, Philip Eade draws on extensive unpublished sources to paint a fresh and compelling portrait of this endlessly fascinating man, telling the full story of his dramatic, colourful and frequently bizarre life.

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Praise for Evelyn Waugh

  • A natural writer: percipient, sympathetic, amusing - Michael Holroyd on SYLVIA

  • An enthralling study... wonderfully written and studded with jewels of intrigue, gossip and politics - Joanna Lumley on SYLVIA

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Philip Eade

Philip Eade was born in Shropshire and read History at Bristol University. He was briefly a criminal barrister and later worked as a writer and editor on the obituaries desk of the Daily Telegraph. He lives in London and the Welsh marches.