1. I would argue there is no Waugh you shouldn’t read, even “Brideshead Revisited” is not without its virtues, although it is quite different in tone and feeling to his many better novels. You are quite right that “Sword of Honour” is probably his masterpiece. I am not ashamed to say that I guffawed aloud in a wine bar on Lower Marsh in 2007 on reading the section detailing the death of Brigadier Ritchie-Hook. (There is, of course, the great debate about whether “Sword of Honour” is better or not that the individual novels.)

  2. Those who restrict themselves to new fiction are missing out on some very funny Evelyn Waugh novels like Scoop and Vile Bodies. And the short novel ‘The Loved Ones’ is a riot.

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