Scoop: A Novel about Journalists

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Turtleback Books, 1999 - British - 224 pages
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An innocent hick from the English countryside becomes a war correspondent in an African country.

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User Review  - JVioland - LibraryThing

A satire on the motivations and manipulations of the Press. Funny. Well written. If only Waugh were alive today he would be appalled by the public's naivete and the overwhelming power of the media. Read full review

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User Review  - DavidO1103 - LibraryThing

Very funny; still relevant (written in 1937). Send-up of sensationalist journalism. Spoof of journalism, capitalism, emerging countries. Certainly not politically correct today, but spot on for much ... Read full review

About the author (1999)

Born in Hampstead and educated at Oxford University, Evelyn Waugh came from a literary family. His elder brother, Alec was a novelist, and his father, Arthur Waugh, was the influential head of a large publishing house. Even in his school days, Waugh showed sings of the profound belief in Catholicism and brilliant wit that were to mark his later years. Waugh began publishing his novels in the late 1920's. He joined the Royal Marines at the beginning of World War II and was one of the first to volunteer for commando service. In 1944 he survived a plane crash in Yugoslavia and, while hiding in a cave, corrected the proofs of one of his novels. Waugh's early novels, Decline and Fall (1927), Vile Bodies (1930), and A Handful of Dust (1934), established him as one of the funniest and most brilliant satirists the British had seen in years. He was particularly skillful at poking fun at the scramble for prominence among the upper classes and the struggle between the generations. He lived for a while in Hollywood, about which he wrote The Loved One (1948), a scathing attack on the United States's overly sentimental funeral practices. His greatest works, however, are Brideshead Revisited (1945), which has been made into a highly popular television miniseries, and the trilogy Sword of Honor (1965), composed of Men at Arms (1952), Officers and Gentlemen (1955), and The End of the Battle (1961).

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