This month I am embarking on something a little different in my reading choices and reading several books by Evelyn Waugh in one month. The first of these will be Scoop which was described by the Observer as ‘The funniest novel ever written about journalism’. The blurb on the back:
‘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.’
I’m really looking forward to this and hope that it will be funny and full of salacious tales about life as a hack. I expect my review to be up by the end of the week. If anyone fancies reading Scoop this week too, or any other books by Evelyn Waugh, do let me know – it would be lovely to do a bit of a read-along!