Evelyn Waugh, the English author best known for his novels A Handful of Dust and Brideshead Revisited, is the subject of a new biography by Paula Byrne.
Mad World : Evelyn Waugh and the Lygons of Brideshead (or Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead) is a very engaging and readable biography.
It sent me back to re-read Waugh – especially A Handful of Dust, Brideshead Revisited, and the Sword of Honour trilogy. I also bought the DVD box set of the original ITV Brideshead Revisited series after reading this book.
If enjoyed Downton Abbey and haven’t already seen Brideshead Revisited, do check it out.
As for Byrne’s biography. I enjoyed it.