....You don't need an ear trumpet
to hear the thunder of Total Waugh as Harold Evans, quite a piece of Fleet Street work in his own right, uncomfortably exceeds his subject's high standard of sadistic glee as he lights into the Waugh dynasty in a..... crusty example of that great American art form, the
,,,,,,,,,,,Wall Street Journal book review
Max Boot , imperial policy arbiter of Rupert Murdoch's .ghastly organ , The Weekly Standard , will not soon forgive Evans for unleashing memories of The Daily Beast by recalling :
"Scoop," the incomparable parody of yellow journalism wherein the megalomaniacal newspaper magnate Lord Copper mistakenly dispatches William Boot, a country columnist [as in Town & Country ], to report a typically bewildering civil war in an African republic. The novel is as hilariously relevant today as it was when first published in 1938: same wars, same idiocies, lacking only a writer as gifted as Evelyn to relieve the misery."
Having been sacked by The Daily Express, in 1927 Waugh enrolled in a cabinet making course at Bloomsbury's Central School of Arts and Crafts. Selina Hastings points out he ' thought of himself as a painter and craftsman first, a writer second.' Years later, when he was an established novelist his mother wistfully opined he would have done better to stick to carpentry, since 'furniture is so useful....'