’s review of Evelyn Waugh’s Scoop
. I’m a huge admirer of Evelyn Waugh, as anyone knows who reads my blog, and it’s nice to read such an appreciative review. My husband’s uncle, who wrote for The Telegraph
, always said Scoop
was the most accurate account he’d ever read of what journalism is really like.
I have a little gripe about the way a certain quote from this book is constantly misused. ‘Up to a point, Lord Copper’, is only funny if the statement being responded to is ridiculously untrue. Yet I hear journalists replying to a question by saying, ‘Well, up to a point, Lord Copper’, when what they mean is simply, ‘up to a point’. They think they’re being clever, are actually extremely ignorant and force me to yell at the radio or television. Tsk. Anyway, if you haven’t read the book, you’re in for a great treat.