Author: Evelyn Waugh
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 Smith, 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 irreverentsatire of Fleet Street and its hectic pursuit of hot news.
William is a wonderfully brilliant, eccentric and quintessential Englishman who you fall in love with immediately and who brings so much entertainment and mirth throughout the narrative. I really wanted to be his friend especially when he was choosing his equipment to go to Ishmaelia and it included a canoe for no reason whatsoever. Equally his absolutely bonkers wider family who all reside at Boot Magnet are genius and reminiscent of a scene from Charlie Bucket’s grandparents house. Lord Cooper is also fantastic and provides a character through which Waugh cleverly satirises the elite classes and the media.
Waugh’s flair and ability to capture people’s character traits is genius and this is a brilliant read that isn’t that long if you’ve got a to be read pile that’s quite high.
I’ve already got Vile Bodies on my Christmas list for this year.
Rating: 9 out of 10