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Today’s recommended blog post

Kate Macdonald’s review of Evelyn Waugh’s Scoop. I’m a huge admirer of Evelyn Waugh, as anyone knows who reads my blog, and it’s nice to read such an appreciative review. My husband’s uncle, who wrote for The Telegraph, always said Scoop was the most accurate account he’d ever read of what journalism is really like.

I have a little gripe about the way a certain quote from this book is constantly misused. ‘Up to a point, Lord Copper’, is only funny if the statement being responded to is ridiculously untrue. Yet I hear journalists replying to a question by saying, ‘Well, up to a point, Lord Copper’, when what they mean is simply, ‘up to a point’. They think they’re being clever, are actually extremely ignorant and force me to yell at the radio or television. Tsk. Anyway, if you haven’t read the book, you’re in for a great treat.

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So glad she agrees with me about how relentlessly depressing his later works get, brilliant though they are.

I like all those covers - especially the first one, because it looks like an early Tintin.
it looks like an early Tintin.

Ha ha! And I thought you were going to make a witty comment about Scoop:-)
Most of those covers are new to me. I have a Folio edition and an old Penguin, I think.
Or Miroslav Sasek:

http://www.miroslavsasek.com/

Edited at 2016-04-11 07:32 pm (UTC)
Ooh! I've not read those but I'm aware of their iconic status.
I only discovered his books relatively recently, and love them.