Scoop: 11

Scoop: 11

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By (author) Evelyn Waugh

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 193mm x 28mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 29 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141193468
  • ISBN 13: 9780141193465
  • Sales rank: 201,447

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Lord Copper, newspaper magnate and proprietor of the Daily Beast, has always prided himself on his intuitive flair for spotting ace reporters. That is not to say he has not made the odd blunder, however, and may in a moment of weakness make another. Acting on a dinner-party tip from Mrs Algernon Stitch, he feels convinced that he has hit on just the chap to cover a promising little war in the African Republic of Ishmaelia. One of Waugh's most exuberant comedies, "Scoop" is a brilliantly irreverent satire of Fleet Street and its hectic pursuit of hot news.

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Evelyn Waugh was born in Hampstead in 1903, second son of Arthur Waugh, publisher and literary critic, and brother of Alec Waugh, the popular novelist. He was educated at Lancing and Hertford College, Oxford, where he read Modern History. In 1928 he published his first work, a life of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and his first novel, Decline and Fall, which was soon followed by Vile Bodies (1930), Black Mischief (1932), A Handful of Dust (1934) and Scoop (1938). Waugh travelled extensively and also wrote several travel books, as well as a biography of Edmund Campion and Ronald Knox. Other famous works include his Sword of Honour trilogy, and Brideshead Revisited (1945).

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The funniest novel ever written about journalism ... a romping comedy of errors Observer