Kiss Me, Chudleigh
The World according to Auberon Waugh
By William Cook
The wit and wisdom of Auberon Waugh
Auberon Waugh was a philosopher - savage, eccentric, but a philosopher nonetheless. More than any writer of his era, Auberon Waugh had a genius for dividing his readers, into the delighted and the infuriated, and he retains the ability to start a squabble, even from beyond the grave.
Kiss Me, Chudleigh is a collection of Waugh's best writing. It is also a compact biography. It consists of excerpts from the things he wrote, drawn from every stage of his career, from his salad days on the Catholic Herald to his swansong on the Literary Review.
Probably the most prolific journalist of his generation (and surely the wittiest) he wrote copiously for publications as diverse as the New Statesman and The Daily Telegraph. He wrote a political column for The Spectator and a country column in the Evening Standard, a wine column, a medical column and heaps of entertaining travel pieces.
Arranged both chronologically and thematically, marrying his main preoccupations with the main phases of his life: school (where he received a record number of beatings); university (he came down from Oxford after one year, without a degree); Fleet Street (where he cut his teeth writing captions for the Sunday Mirror's bathing beauties); France (where he lived while writing his second novel, and returned regularly throughout his life); the House of Commons (where he won his spurs as a political correspondent); Grub Street (where he found his comic voice, writing for Private Eye); Somerset (where he made his home) and Abroad (from war reporting in Biafra to travel writing in Bangkok).
William Cook is the author of Tragically I Was An Only Twin (Century), Ha Bloody Ha - Comedians Talking (Fourth Estate) and The Comedy Store - The Club That Changed British Comedy (Little, Brown). He has worked for the BBC and written for the Guardian, the Mail on Sunday and the New Statesman.
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13 Oct 2011
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'Auberon Waugh ... was the most controversial, the most abusive, perhaps the most brilliant journalist of his age - an acerbic wit, a traveller, a farceur, an epicure; above all, a hater of humbug in all its forms and of politicians in most of theirs.' — The Telegraph
'A master of the surreal.' — Craig Brown
'The Dean Swift of his day.' — AN Wilson
'An ideological trailblazer.' — Boris Johnson
'The greatest journalist of his generation.' — Geoffrey Wheatcroft
'Wickedly funny, but sometimes just wicked.' — Lynn Barber
'A most unpleasant man.' — Tony Benn
'Absorbing and affectionate...This beautifully conceived anthology combines biographical detail with pithily hilarious extracts. Eclectic, thoughtful and always entertaining, this well-presented selection gives a fresh perspective on an extraordinary talent.' — The Good Book Guide
'For those who appreciate good writing and who delight in an elegantly phrased raspberry to the world's over-earnest bores, Kiss Me Chudleigh is a masterful collection of a strange but brilliant journalist.' — The National Business Review, New Zealand
Supremely funny — Mail on Sunday
A brilliant distillation of his prose. — Country Life
A tereific anthology of the twentieth century's greatest satirist. — Literary Review
A decade after his death, Auberon Waugh's genius is as fresh as ever. — Telegraph
Highly entertaining. — Independent