Scoop by Evelyn Waugh

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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, Lord Copper feels convinced that he has hit on just the chap to cover a promising war in the African Republic of Ishmaelia. So begins Scoop, Waugh's exuberant comedy of mistaken identity and brilliantly irreverent satire of the hectic pursuit of hot news.
 

About Evelyn Waugh

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Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), whom Time called "one of the century's great masters of English prose," wrote several widely acclaimed novels as well as volumes of biography, memoir, travel writing, and journalism. Three of his novels, A Handful of Dust, Scoop, and Brideshead Revisited, were selected by the Modern Library as among the 100 best novels of the twentieth century.
 
Published November 30, 1977 by Back Bay Books. 336 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics, Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Satire on foreign correspondents in a fantastic tale of one William Boot, accidentally thrust into the limelight as foreign correspondent to cover a reputed war in some imagined African country.

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Evelyn Waugh’s 1938 novel “Scoop” features journalists and the police in cahoots, and a press lord with a cult of personality. Sound familiar?

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