Scoop

Scoop

A Novel

Book - 2012
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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, Lord Copper feels convinced that he has hit on just the chap to cover a promising war in the African Republic of Ishmaelia. So begins Scoop, Waugh's exuberant comedy of mistaken identity and brilliantly irreverent satire of the hectic pursuit of hot news.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown & Company, 2012.
ISBN: 9780316216371
0316216372
Branch Call Number: FIC WAUGH, EVELYN
Characteristics: x, 275, 15 pages ; 21 cm

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dennismmiller
Sep 30, 2017

William Boot is not a reporter, rather, he writes the nature column "Lush Places" for the Daily Beast. It is only through a misunderstanding that he is dispatched to the obscure African nation of Ishmaelia, where the Fascist Blacks are fighting the Communist Reds, except that in this case the Blacks call themselves the Whites and the Reds call themselves the Blacks and there seems to be more fighting among the foreign press corps than among the native people.

Waugh's breezy satire of the self-referential world of the press will not cease to amuse as long as reporters and politicians remain.

jmcilw May 13, 2016

This is an English farce from the 20's. It seems very silly these days, unless you're an English major or like farce.

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jmcilw thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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