Decline and Fall
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Decline and Fall

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Sent down from Oxford for indecent behaviour, Paul Pennyfeather is oddly unsurprised to find himself qualifying for the position of schoolmaster at Llanabba Castle. Hi colleagues are an assortment of misfits, rascals and fools, including Prendy (plagued by doubts) and Captain Grimes, who is always in the soup (or just plain drunk). Then Sports Day arrives, and with it the delectable Margot Beste-Chetwynde, floating on a scented breeze. As the farce unfolds and the young run riot, no one is safe, least of all Paul.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 126 x 192 x 16mm | 199.58g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141180900
  • 9780141180908
  • 88,995

About Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waugh was born in Hampstead in 1903 and educated at Hertford College, Oxford. In 1928 he published his first novel, Decline and Fall, which was soon followed by Vile Bodies, Black Mischief (1932), A Handful of Dust (1934) and Scoop (1938). During these years he also travelled extensively and converted to Catholicism. In 1939 Waugh was commissioned in the Royal Marines and later transferred to the Royal Horse Guards, experiences which informed his Sword of Honour trilogy (1952-61). His most famous novel, Brideshead Revisited (1945), was written while on leave from the army. Waugh died in 1966.show more

Review Text

Again an experiment in bringing to the fore a novel of earlier date, by an author whose recent work has widened his market. Woollcott felt that Waugh was England's most gifted ??novelist the publishers feel that this early novel deserves to be available again. An extravaganza, a satire on old school tie, on smart set house-parties, on a social order which the war is bringing to its end. Line up your Waugh enthusiasts tell them this reissue of his first novel is in the offing. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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'The funniest book I have ever read' -- Julian Symons The Times His first, most perfect novel ... a ruthlessly comic plot -- John Mortimer Guardianshow more

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