Beautiful Books buys Waugh biography

Beautiful Books has acquired an “inquisitive” biography of Brideshead Revisited author Evelyn Waugh.

Evelyn! Rhapsody for an Obsessive Love by Duncan McLaren is lined up for hardback and e-book publication on 26th September. Beautiful Books m.d. Simon Petherick signed world English rights from Isobel Dixon at Blake Friedmann.

The title follows McLaren, author of Enid Blyton biography Looking for Enid (Portobello), on his personal journey to the key places in Waugh’s life, discovering along the way new insights into the triangular relationship between Waugh, his wife Evelyn, and the man she left him for, John Heygate.

Petherick said: “I instantly loved the inquisitive nature of this biography. Evelyn Waugh has always been one of my favourite authors, and with this book Duncan illuminates aspects of Waugh’s life hitherto ignored by other biographers. By placing his own experiences next to those of Waugh, this is a very inventive, and absolutely compelling, look at the life of one of Britain’s greatest writers.”