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At War With Waugh

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Tells the real story of the author's adventures in Abyssinia in the 1930s.
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Published May 1st 2003 by Pan MacMillan
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Evelyn Waugh and Scoop are something of a "hook" in this short memoir by W.F. Deedes of his time covering the Italian invasion of Abyssinia for the Morning Post. Waugh's presence in the tale is intermittent, while "the real story of Scoop" is for the most part the subject of one specific chapter.

Waugh's characters were largely composites, or drawn from imagination, but Deedes notes a number of interesting parallels with real figures of the era, including himself: Deedes' youth, self-confessed na
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William Francis "Bill" Deedes, Baron Deedes, KBE, MC, PC, DL (1 June 1913 – 17 August 2007) was a British Conservative Party politician, army officer and journalist; he is to date the only person in Britain to have been both a member of the Cabinet and the editor of a major daily newspaper, The Daily Telegraph.

Satirical magazine Private Eye's "Dear Bill" spoof letters from Denis Thatcher, publishe
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