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Lord Copper, newspaper magnate and proprietor of 'The Daily Beast', has always prided himself on his intuitive flair for spotting ace reporters. That is not to say he has not made the odd blunder, however, and may in a moment of weakness make another. Acting on a dinner party tip from Mrs Algernon Stitch, he feels convinced that he has hit on just the chap to cover a promi ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published 2000 by Penguin Classics (first published 1937)
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Petra Eggs
Evelyn Waugh was a snob, a racist, an anti-semite and a fascist sympathiser whose attitude was, in the words of his biographer David Wykes, "[Waugh's racism was] "an illogical extension of his views on the naturalness and rightness of hierarchy as the (main) principle of social organisation".

He was also jealous, personally nasty and malicious, had been a bully at school, and as James Lees-Milne said, "the nastiest-tempered man in England".

Waugh was, however, absolutely devoted to his adopted r
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Paul
Jun 06, 2015 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: waugh
2.5 stars
I’ve read little Waugh apart from Brideshead Revisited, which I loved; Waugh is writing there about the decline of the upper classes and writing about people he knew.
This is a comic novel about Journalism and the newspaper industry and is a very effective satire. Lord Copper, the tyrannical and megalomaniac newspaper boss was said to be based on Lord Northcliffe, but was probably also part Beaverbrook and Hearst. The story is based on Waugh’s experiences working for the Daily Mail as a
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BrokenTune
Feb 24, 2014 BrokenTune rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Review was first posted on BookLikes:
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For nearly two weeks now, the bent and creased copy of Scoop sitting on my desk has been staring at me. Patiently. Waiting whether I was going to write a review or not.

On finishing the book I had exactly two feelings about it:

1. As far as satire of the press goes, Waugh created the most delicious and entertaining spoof I could have imagined. However,

2. This book contained so many openly racist and chauvinist remarks
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Karl Steel
Sep 20, 2007 Karl Steel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second time reading.

File this under guilty pleasures. I'm, well outraged isn't the right word, made weary by the dreariness of the other reviews of this book: plot summaries, gestures towards its transhistorical narratives (or towards its capturing that peculiar moment before the Nazis invaded Poland), and hamfisted comparisons to P. G. Wodehouse (different sort of writer entirely, although, hilariously, Wodehouse does get a shoutout as the plot winds down). And then, well, there's the fact that
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Daniel
Dec 23, 2011 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book made me laugh out loud, something that books rarely do. Then again, I don't read comical fiction. Still, I suspect that, were I to look into the genre, Waugh would stand out in the crowd.

This is the third book that I've read from Waugh's work, and of the three it is the clear favorite. Along with his usual talent for razzing British societal mannerisms, Waugh adds his satirical take on foreign policy in a small, developing country that is, ostensibly, under threat of civil war. What st
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Panagiotis
Jun 07, 2014 Panagiotis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Το Scoop είναι μια κωμωδία το Ιβλιν Βω, που σατιρίζει τον κόσμο της δημοσιογραφίας. Όπου ο τίτλος φέρει την ουσία της ιστορίας αυτής: είναι το λαβράκι, η καλή είδηση, το κελεπούρι. Ορολογία των δημοσιογράφων που χαρακτηρίζει αυτό το ξέφρενο κυνήγι στο οποίο επιδίδονται εδώ οι χαρακτήρες, έρμαια για την πρωτιά της πρωτοσέλιδης είδησης.

Το μικρό αυτό μυθιστόρημα είναι εξαιρετικό. Φέρει όλα τα καλά στοιχεία της καλής λογοτεχνία: μνημειώδεις χαρακτήρες, περιπέτεια, ένα ιστορικό υπόβαθρο που αναμειγμέ
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Howard Olsen
Dec 07, 2008 Howard Olsen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Waugh followed the near-perfect "Handful of Dust," with "Scoop," an absolutely perfect "Newspaper Adventure" that satirizes journalism, especially as practiced by foreign correspondents. This was the perfect topic for Waugh; not only did he work throughout a career as a foreign correspondent, journalists are a recurring stock character in his fiction. Inevitably, Waugh portrays journalists as drunk, fast talking adventurers, who are not above making up a story in their pursuit of fame and fortun ...more
Cheryl
Aug 02, 2011 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is an old Penguin book, the orange and white one, a reprint from 1951. This book, these musty papers are 8 years older than i am!
It was a 50c find, among boxes of old books for sale at the school fair last month. Maybe it was even just a quarter. Cheap as anyway. And still in good enough condition for reading; the pages arent falling out, there’s no water damage etc. And it has that marvelous musty old book smell. Aaah.
And what a surprise of a treat to read. Having read only Brideshead Revisi
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Elizabeth
Jan 07, 2007 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Journalists/people who like Wilde
Shelves: england, fiction
Journalists seem to love this guy. He's awfully snarky for a writer from the 1930s--but oh so good.

A quick read, "Scoop" is about a man "named" John Boot gets accidentally sent to Ishmaila as a foreign correspondent. The fellow manages to report some news after blazing through his budget and falling in love with a married gold digger named Katchen. Meanwhile Waugh paints a hilarious portrait of foreign correspondent idiots creating fake news and running around chasing ridiculous leads. It's not
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Laura
From BBC Radio 4:
Dramatisation by Jeremy Front of Evelyn Waugh's satirical 1938 novel.


Episode 1:
Hapless journalist William Boot is mistakenly sent to report on a war in Africa.

Episode 2:
William finds life as a war correspondent somewhat tedious, but he does fall in love and find himself in the middle of a revolution.
Phrynne
Jun 27, 2014 Phrynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delightful, old fashioned, smart , funny, not at all politically correct. In fact Evelyn Waugh at his best. It is a very short book but I enjoyed every minute of it. The main character fumbles his way through outrageous situations but always has the fates on his side and he always comes up a winner. I loved it!
Nooilforpacifists
Add me to the list: hilarious. Sort of a British "salt-of-the-earth" comedy, where the common man is wiser than his supposed betters.
Anastasia Fitzgerald-Beaumont
There is a story that has long since entered into the mythology of journalism. It concerns William Randolph Hearst, among the most unscrupulous of the press barons, for whom newspapers were not so much a source of information but an expression of his personal power. After the beginning of the Cuban struggle for independence against Spain in the mid1890s he was active among those pushing for American intervention, seeing war as a way of selling even more newspapers.

The artist Frederick Remington
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Laura
Mar 01, 2017 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british, humour
This was quite a ride! I started this when my brain felt a little fried but I was gripped from the beginning and couldn't stop reading it. I had no idea where this book was going to lead me.
I got into a good conversation with my roommate about the media and it was funny comparing the satiric depiction of journalists in the novel to news sources today as to how much of what is reported is factual. It is all rather absurd. Not that it isn't a serious problem but it is so nice to be able to laugh a
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Jim
May 25, 2017 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, fiction
Never before has there been such a great takedown of the press, especially of foreign correspondents. William Boot, columnist for The Beast, is mistaken for another writer named Boot and sent as a foreign correspondent to Ishmaelia, an unstable country in East Africa, which has recently been inundated by journalists. All of them have more experience than poor William Boot.

One day, the journalists are sent to a place that doesn't exist (their destination, Laku, means "I don't know" in Ishmaeli).
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Martin
Sep 25, 2014 Martin rated it it was amazing
This is hands down one of the funniest, most enjoyable books I've ever read. A send-up of journalism with the trademark Waugh biting wit, involving foreign correspondents, a case (or two) of mistaken identities, and abundant with laugh-out-loud moments.

If you haven't read any Evelyn Waugh books recently (or ever), it's not too late to (re-)discover this master satirist. I've only just started reading him in August 2014, and he's already become one of my favourite writers. Decline and Fall, Vile
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Travis
Jun 26, 2012 Travis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Waugh is a realist. His voice in Scoop is flippant, nonchalant, and gregarious. Yet, between the lines, in the subtext, in implication—or whatever way is best to put it—the book is a hard-nosed spoof, at points verging on satire proper. I’d be embarrassed to be a journalist, were I one, after reading Scoop; the book is a caricaturization of the occupation itself. It’s funny in points, and ridiculously so (e.g., the description of the goat head-butting the officer). It’s borderline touching and m ...more
Melaszka
Rereading this after many years, I'm less impressed than I was with it when I first read it - mainly because the racism jars more than it did then, but also because at times the plot seems too slight and to hinge too much on an improbable deus ex machina.

The character of William Boot is a delight, however, and the naif-thrown-into-a-bearpit scenario works very well. Boot Magna is drawn in an endearingly dotty fashion and the romance with the manipulative Katchen, though underwritten, is compelli
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Ensiform
Jun 07, 2010 Ensiform rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Due to a case of mistaken identity, a mild-mannered columnist on country life, William Boot, is sent as a war correspondent to Ishmaelia, an independent African nation where dissent is brewing between long-time ruling family the Jacksons and anarcho-communist upstarts prompted by German and Russian interests. Boot, though utterly stymied by the lackadaisical and corrupt Ishmaleian government (as well as his fellow journalists), and through no merit of his own, scoops everyone and returns to an u ...more
Czarny Pies
Oct 09, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Czarny by: John Marsh
Shelves: english-lit
Evelyn Waugh is one of my favorite authors. He was a highly skilful satirist who masterfully rapped his contemporaries on the knuckles whenever he saw their actions as being selfish, their thinking as superficial or their behaviour as irresponsible. Waugh however basically believed in and loved England, so his barbs were never met to cut deeply just to remind the English of their faults which he felt they really aware of underneath.

In Scoop Waugh is in top form. A journalist is selected for an a
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Jessica
Mar 09, 2010 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I started Scoop in winter 2008. I finished Scoop in spring 2010. That should probably explain my "meh" feelings about the book. I pretty much only finished reading it so that I could get it off my bookshelves once and for all.

Admittedly, the satire — about corrupt publishers and incompetent journalists — is something that I can appreciate as a journalist. But it gets old fast. And the 1930s, British humor gets cheesy really fast. It's predictable. The jokes make you smirk, but they're not really
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Skylar Burris
Dec 23, 2007 Skylar Burris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, humor
In this diverting comedy of errors, Waugh satirizes African politics, British society, and world journalism. Retired country gentleman William Boot, through a series of misunderstandings, finds himself suddenly bound to Ishmaliea as a foreign correspondent, but he doesn't know quite how to invent the news. Somehow, he manages to bumble his way to journalistic stardom, while falling in love and being played a fool. This short novel is an easy read, and will inspire, if not outright laughter, a nu ...more
Michael Finocchiaro
Funny and fanciful, Scoop does not really feel nearly 80 years old reading it now. The various Boots are all hilarious as is Ishmaelia and the Jacksons. Incredible that this was written before WWII but still accurately depicts what I imagine of modern Beastly vs Brute journalism as represented by CNN Domestic vs Fox News in the US,TF1 vs M6 here in France...I think that unfortunately, there are two many Jacksons still devouring Africa except that are Chinese rather than European now. In any case ...more
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مليئة بكل شئ..بالحياة بكل فضائحياتها
Veronica
Nov 21, 2011 Veronica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Veronica by: Modern Library's 100 Best Novels
A young journalist, William Boot, happily contributes to the Daily Beast by way of his superfluous nature notes. He lives with several family members in a rundown home outside of London and is quite content to maintain this simple lifestyle, but, alas, it is not to be. Through a series of comical misunderstandings, he is confused with another Boot and sent to the fictional state of Ishmaelia in Africa to cover reports of civil unrest and a potential war.

What Waugh manages to put to paper in this
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Chris Fellows
Feb 18, 2012 Chris Fellows rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
LOVELY SPRING WEATHER BUBONIC PLAGUE RAGING

I got the sense that *every single character* in this book had their own story, and just happeened to be passing through this one as well. No bit player, no matter how bit, was not a character in their own right, with their own aspirations and history. Many seemed to have been introduced *for no particular reason* which is for the good, because real life is like that. Many seemed to be utterly ridiculous and implausible, which is also for the good, beca
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Jonathan
Jun 05, 2009 Jonathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A deceptively lighthearted satire on weighty matters: journalism, colonialism, fascism, communism, and social class. Pity about the racism.

Waugh finished this parody of the Ethiopian and Spanish wars in 1937. His novel turns these emergencies into farces. In retrospect, Waugh seems likely to encourage dangerous complacency in Western readers. This trivialization is made more outrageous by Waugh's casual contempt for the Africans in this story. His "Ishmaelia," an African nation caught between Ge
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Joshua
Sep 21, 2013 Joshua rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read Evelyn Waugh every December for the passed three years, but this is the first time I read him and laughed constantly. (Last year was a coincidence; this year makes it a tradition.)
This book was hilarious. I haven't laughed so hard while reading in a while. It's not as powerfully moving as Brideshead Revisited, but then again, it wasn't supposed to be.
While it is an obvious satire of sensationalism in journalism, one needn't have any real interest in the news to find the comedy pertin
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Lorenzo Berardi
Oh, I'm really enjoying this one!

This book is probably the quintessence of a certain reactionary British humour that I adore, despite its appalling snobbery towards the non Anglo-Saxon world. Well, perhaps that snobbery is exactly what I like.
Anyways, having tried (and stopped) a modest career in journalism, the satire on how to make the news you can find in "Scoop" is sublime.

Of course many things are changed meanwhile in the formerly closed circle of the foreign correspondents, but still this
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Darwin8u
Mar 06, 2011 Darwin8u rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think Waugh's light satire is perfectly used to lampoon the press. The absurdities of journalism have apparently not changed much since the 30s. Waugh captures what Hitchens calls ' this world of callousness and vulgarity and philistinism.' Amen.
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