Review: A Scribbler in Soho: A Celebration of Auberon Waugh by Naim Attallah — courteous in person, poisonous in print – The Times

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Auberon Waugh, who is celebrated in Naim Attallah’s book, died in 2001, so younger readers might wonder who he was and what he did to deserve celebration. The eldest son of Evelyn, he went into journalism straight from Oxford University, where he had failed to get a degree, and wrote for a wide range of papers, including The Spectator, Private Eye (from 1970-85) and the Literary Review, owned by Attallah, which he edited from 1986 until his death.



His political stance has been described as Tory anarchism, and he once advised a younger writer to tell the truth “as often as you can, but in such a way as people don’t believe you, or think you’re being funny”. As that implies, his air of cheerful…



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