Vile Bodies

Evelyn waugh's acidly funny satire reveals the darkness and vulnerability beneath the sparkling surface of the high life. In these pages a vivid assortment of characters, among them the struggling writer Adam Fenwick-Symes and the glamorous, aristocratic Nina Blount, hunt fast and furiously for ever greater sensations and the hedonistic fulfillment of their desires.

. In the years following the First World War a new generation emerged, wistful and vulnerable beneath the glitter. Back Bay Books. The bright young things of 1920s london, with their paradoxical mix of innocence and sophistication, exercised their inventive minds and vile bodies in every kind of capricious escapade.


Decline and Fall

Back Bay Books. His colleagues are an assortment of misfits, including Prendy plagued by doubts and Captain Grimes, rascals and fools, who is always in the soup or just plain drunk. Sent down from oxford after a wild, drunken party, Paul Pennyfeather is oddly surprised to find himself qualifying for the position of schoolmaster at a boys' private school in Wales.

As the farce unfolds in evelyn Waugh's dazzling debut as a novelist, the young run riot and no one is safe, least of all Paul. Then sports day arrives, and with it the delectable Margot Beste-Chetwynde, floating on a scented breeze.


Algernon stitch, lord copper feels convinced that he has hit on just the chap to cover a promising war in the African Republic of Ishmaelia. Back Bay Books. Back Bay Books. Acting on a dinner party tip from Mrs. That is not to say he has not made the odd blunder, however, and may in a moment of weakness make another.

Lord copper, newspaper magnate and proprietor of the Daily Beast, has always prided himself on his intuitive flair for spotting ace reporters. So begins scoop, waugh's exuberant comedy of mistaken identity and brilliantly irreverent satire of the hectic pursuit of hot news.

A Handful of Dust

Back Bay Books. Back Bay Books. She drifts into an affair with the shallow socialite John Beaver and forsakes Tony for the Belgravia set. After seven years of marriage, the gothic mansion that is the pride and joy of her husband, the beautiful Lady Brenda Last has grown bored with life at Hetton Abbey, Tony.

. In a novel that combines tragedy, comedy, and savage irony, Evelyn Waugh indelibly captures the irresponsible mood of the "crazy and sterile generation" between the wars.

Black Mischief

Back Bay Books. Nothing can stand in our way. When oxford-educated emperor Seth succeeds to the throne of the African state of Azania, he has a tough job on his hands. However, " the rightful ruler's demise at his own rather long and tiring coronation ceremonies, with the aid of Minister of Modernization Basil Seal, the staging of a "Birth Control Gala, Seth plans to introduce his people to the civilized ways of the west-but will it be as simple as that? Profound hilarity ensues from the issuance of homemade currency, and a good deal more mischief.

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The Loved One

Back Bay Books. Following the death of a friend, the poet and pets' mortician Dennis Barlow finds himself entering the artificial Hollywood paradise of the Whispering Glades Memorial Park. Back Bay Books. Back Bay Books. Within its golden gates, death, american-style, a naïve Californian corpse beautician, is wrapped up and sold like a package holiday-and Dennis gets drawn into a bizarre love triangle with Aimée Thanatogenos, and Mr.

Joyboy, a master of the embalmer's art. Waugh's dark and savage satire on the Anglo-American cultural divide depicts a world where reputation, love, and death cost a very great deal.

Brideshead Revisited

Back Bay Books. Back Bay Books. Back Bay Books. Back Bay Books. Waugh tells the story of the Marchmain family. Aristocratic, beautiful and charming, the marchmains are indeed a symbol of England and her decline in this novel of the upper class of the 1920s and the abdication of responsibility in the 1930s.


Griffin. She combined a watchmaker's eye for detail with a madam's knowledge of the world. Lady uckfield is convinced that Edith is more interested in becoming a countess than in being a good wife to her son. Back Bay Books. In his superbly observed first novel, julian fellowes, creator of the Masterpiece sensation Downton Abbey and winner of an Academy Award for his original screenplay of Gosford Park, brings us an insider's look at a contemporary England that is still not as classless as is popularly supposed.

Edith lavery, an english blonde with large eyes and nice manners, is the daughter of a moderately successful accountant and his social-climbing wife. Edith accepts. Leave three englishmen in a room and they will invent a rule that prevents a fourth joining them. The best comedies of manners are often deceptively simple, seamlessly blending social critique with character and story.

While visiting his parents' stately home as a paying guest, and heir to the Marquess of Uckfield, Edith meets Charles, the Earl Broughton, who runs the family estates in East Sussex and Norfolk. To the gossip columns he is one of the most eligible young aristocrats around. When he proposes. And when a television company, complete with a gorgeous leading man, descends on Broughton Hall to film a period drama, "Googie's" worst fears seem fully justified.

In snobs, a wickedly astute portrait of the intersecting worlds of aristocrats and actors, Julian Fellowes establishes himself as an irresistible storyteller and a deliciously witty chronicler of modern manners.


Leaving home for lands unknown, and philosophies of the declining ancient world, mythologies, she spends her adulthood seeking truth in the religions, and becomes initiated into Christianity just as it is recognized as the religion of the Roman Empire. Back Bay Books. Helena is the intelligent, horse-mad daughter of a British chieftain who is thrown into marriage with the man who will one day become the Roman emperor Constantius.

Helena-a novel that evelyn waugh considered to be his favorite, enlightenment, treachery, and most ambitious, work-deftly traverses the forces of corruption, and political intrigue of Imperial Rome as it brings to life an inspiring heroine. Griffin. Back Bay Books. Back Bay Books. Back Bay Books. Back Bay Books.


Put Out More Flags

Upper-class scoundrel basil seal, mad, bad, and dangerous to know, creates havoc wherever he goes, his mother, much to the despair of the three women in his life-his sister, and his mistress. Back Bay Books. So basil follows the call to arms and sets forth to enjoy his finest hour-as a war hero. Back Bay Books.

Griffin. When neville chamberlain declares war on Germany, it seems the perfect opportunity for more action and adventure. With europe frozen in the "phoney war, " when will Basil's big chance to fight finally arrive? Back Bay Books. Basil's instincts for self-preservation come to the fore as he insinuates himself into the Ministry of Information and a little-known section of Military Security.

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Lucky Jim New York Review Books Classics

Regarded by many as the finest, and funniest, withering, comic novel of the twentieth century, Lucky Jim remains as trenchant, and eloquently misanthropic as when it first scandalized readers in 1954. Back Bay Books. Back Bay Books. Back Bay Books. As christopher hitchens has written, “if you can picture Bertie or Jeeves being capable of actual malice, and simultaneously imagine Evelyn Waugh forgetting about original sin, you have the combination of innocence and experience that makes this short romp so imperishable.

Back Bay Books. Griffin. This is the story of jim dixon, a hapless lecturer in medieval history at a provincial university who knows better than most that “there was no end to the ways in which nice things are nicer than nasty ones. Kingsley amis’s scabrous debut leads the reader through a gallery of emphatically English bores, frauds, cranks, and neurotics with whom Dixon must contend in one way or another in order to hold on to his cushy academic perch and win the girl of his fancy.

New york Review of Books. More than just a merciless satire of cloistered college life and stuffy postwar manners, Lucky Jim is an attack on the forces of boredom, and a work of art that at once distills and extends an entire tradition of English comic writing, whatever form they may take, from Fielding and Dickens through Wodehouse and Waugh.

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