Will This Do? by Auberon Waugh
The First Fifty Years of Auberon Waugh : An Autobiography

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Evelyn Waugh uncharitably once characterized his seven-year-old eldest son as "without intellectual, aesthetic, or spiritual interest", none of which holds true about this long-awaited and well-received autobiography.

A self-confessed "product of the bourgeois cultural elite" and guerrilla campaigner against both sides in Britain's class war, Waugh is now comfortably established as his country's best-loved practitioner of what he calls "the vituperative arts". How he achieved this prominence is an unceasingly entertaining narrative: his difficult relationship with his father; his education first at a public school with the Dickensian name of Downside and then at post-Brideshead Oxford; his National Service in the army, during which he severely wounded himself with a machine gun; and his early career as a novelist and then as a Fleet Street journalist and columnist for the notorious, libelous Private Eye.

Waugh's matchless intellect, trenchant irony, and dry wit make Will This Do? as enjoyable and outrageous an autobiography as the best of his father's fiction.


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Waugh was a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph, The Spectator, and Private Eyes.
Published January 1, 1991 by CENTURY. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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A minor, triflingly amusing memoir by the British journalist best known for being Evelyn Waugh's son.

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