“The older I got and the more wars I covered – I have done about 18 – the more true it became”–Veteran BBC journalist Martin Bell on Evelyn Waugh’s journalistic satire Scoop.
“I think it is the best description of a foreign correspondent’s career, and I doubt it will ever be bettered.”
Spies, Lies and Foreign Correspondents
Richard Beeston, Foreign Correspondent
“Everything about this book is perfect, from the prose to the characters to the Swiss-clock workings of the plot.”
Andy Borowitz, Comedians & Humorist
“The older I got and the more wars I covered – I have done about 18 – the more true it became. Everything is there.”
Reportage and War
Martin Bell, Foreign Correspondent
“I re-read it recently and was struck by how unchanged Fleet Street is, 80 years after it was written.”
Toby Young, Journalist
“Everybody remembers Fleet Street and journalism and Lord Copper and The Daily Beast but the novel is about a classic, almost Shakespearean, case of mistaken identity.”
Writers Who Inspired Him
William Boyd, Novelist
“Journalists would pride themselves on their amateurism, and Scoop shoves that back at them in spades.”
Robert Cottrell, Journalist
“Before I worked for the Daily Express I thought Scoop was a marvellous work of fiction. Then I found it wasn’t that far from the truth.”
M C Beaton, Thriller and Crime Writer
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