Scoop Author:Evelyn Waugh In SCOOP, surreptitiously dubbed a "newspaper adventure," Evelyn Waugh flays Fleet Street and the social pastimes of its war correspondents. He tells how William Boot became the star of British super-journalism and how, leaving the part of his shirt in the claws of the lovely Katchen, he returned from Ishmaeilia to London as the Daily Beast's mo... more »st accoladed overseas reporter. "With this book England's wittiest novelist sets a new standard for comic extravaganza...the real message about SCOOP is that it is thoroughly enjoyable, uproariously funny and that everyone should read it at once." (The New York Times) "...a good deal of sharp wit--you can cut your hands on it if you're not careful." (The New Yorker)« less
John Courtney Boot, an author of absurd sounding novels and travelogues, at introduction appears to be an alter-ego of the Waugh. He is about to become a war correspondenthe thinks. Lord Copper, head of the Beast confuses him with William Boot, a regular contributor to the newspaper of nothing interesting. Thus, William becomes their foreign war correspondent covering a probably not civil war in the land-locked East-African nation of Ishmaelia. Nothing is sacred in this parody of Fleet Street and in the end it is the press that gets the boot. Aficionados of Waugh will recognize several of the supporting cast: Lady Metroland, Lords Copper and Zinc, Lady Cockpurse, and Professor Jellaby.