The Waugh between the Diaries

Ian Hamilton

  • The Diaries of Auberon Waugh: A Turbulent Decade 1976-1985 edited by Anna Galli-Pahlavi
    Private Eye/Deutsch, 207 pp, £4.95, September 1985, ISBN 0 233 97811 9

If I were a trendy left-wing homosexualist, or an old age pensioner, or a half-Jew, or a young novelist, or a Negro, or an Anglican archbishop, or Harold Evans, or even the editor of an Arts Council-backed literary magazine, I suppose I would find some sections of this often amusing book offensive. Actually, more than offensive. I think I would want to do something pretty unpleasant to A. Waugh.

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[*] He is also a novelist. For the record, the five novels he wrote between 1960 and 1972 have been reissued by Robin Clark: Path of Dalliance (288 pp., £4.85, 25 March, 0 86072 090 X), A Bed of Flowers (254 pp., £4.95, 25 March, 0 86072 089 6), Who are the violets now? (253 pp., £4.95, 25 March, 0 86072 091 8), The Foxglove Saga (240 pp., £4.95, October 1984, 0 86072 081 0) and Consider the lilies (256 pp., £4.95, October 1984, 0 86072 080 2).