Mr Loveday's Little Outing and Other Early Stories

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Penguin, 2011 - Humorous fiction - 328 pages
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In this unique collection of Waugh's early short stories, some of which became the inspirations for his novels, Waugh displays his unique talent for comedy and narration. 'Mr Loveday's Little Outing' is a blackly comic tale of a mental asylum and its favourite resident, while 'Cruise' sees a hilarious series of letters from a na ve young woman as she travels with her family. These witty and immaculately crafted stories display the finest writing of a master of satire and comic twists.

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This is a limited — 700 copies for sale — and I should think these would be quickly disposed of. Try to conceive Rudyard Kipling of his occasionally cynical sidelights on Colonials in Plain Tales ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Evelyn Waugh was born in Hampstead in 1903 and educated at Hertford College, Oxford. In 1928 he published his first novel, Decline and Fall, which was soon followed by Vile Bodies, Black Mischief (1932), A Handful of Dust (1934) and Scoop (1938). During these years he also travelled extensively and converted to Catholicism. In 1939 Waugh was commissioned in the Royal Marines and later transferred to the Royal Horse Guards, experiences which informed his Sword of Honour trilogy (1952-61). His most famous novel, Brideshead Revisited (1945), was written while on leave from the army. Waugh died in 1966.

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