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At War With Waugh By W. F. Deedes

At War With Waugh
by W. F. Deedes

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A delightful book of memoir from one of Britain's most beloved journalists
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At War With Waugh Summary

At War With Waugh: The Real Story of Scoop by W. F. Deedes

History, both political and literary, was made when W. F. Deedes met Evelyn Waugh in 1935. Both were in Abyssinia to cover a war which many in England regarded with bewildered indifference but which profoundly influenced an impending global conflict. Whilst Deedes was principally concerned with filing copy to London, the author of Brideshead Revisited had another agenda and another novel in mind, Scoop.

As Waugh drank, played poker and observed hacks in seedy hotel bars in Addis Ababa, he focussed on one young reporter. W. F. Deedes has always denied his association with Scoop's Boot, the innocent abroad and nature-notes writer who is accidentally dispatched to a war-zone. However, he acknowledges some similarities - particularly the tonnage of kit he shipped from London.

Bill Deedes considers that 'little' war and its importance with the hindsight of a further sixty-odd years of impeccably thoughtful reporting from other battlefields, whilst offering unique memories of his difficult contemporary - arguably the finest English novelist of his time. Written with characteristic wit, insight and affection, At War With Waugh is a small classic.

`A fascinating memoir. . . full of well-observed detail and wonderful throwaway asides' Hugh Massingberd, Daily Telegraph

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About W. F. Deedes

W. F. Deedes is the only person ever to have been both a Cabinet Minister and a national newspaper editor. He was a minister in Harold Macmillan's administration and later became Editor of the Daily Telegraph. He appears on television and radio frequently and has recently run high profile anti-landmine campaigns. He is ninety years old and is the author of Dear Bill, his Fleet Street memoirs published by Pan.

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At War With Waugh: The Real Story of Scoop by W. F. Deedes
W. F. Deedes
Used - Very Good
Pan Macmillan
Short-listed for Saga Award for Wit 2003
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