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 Fifty years after his death, Philip Eade draws on extensive unpublished sources to paint a fresh and compelling portrait of this endlessly fascinating man, telling the full story of his dramatic, colourful and frequently bizarre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.
Eade isn't a standard literary biographer; he is, by instinct and preference, an entertainer ... He is an assiduous researcher with a considerable narrative gift [and] a nice, wry turn of phrase ... This is an exemplary piece of work - DAILY MAIL Book of the Week
Philip Eade has written a brisk, lively and wonderfully entertaining account of the life of a strange, tormented, unique creature. Through page after page one finds oneself laughing aloud - NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS
Philip Eade is the author of three highly acclaimed biographies: Sylvia, Queen of the Headhunters (2007), Young Prince Philip (2011) and Evelyn Waugh: A Life Revisited (2016). Born in Shropshire and educated at Marlborough and at Bristol University, where he read History, he now lives in London with his wife and daughter.