My favourite books 8: Vile Bodies

Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh

Published Chapman & Hall, 1930; this edition Penguin, 1974.

Sometimes, paperback publishers get the “look” of an author spot-on, and the Bentley/Farrell/Burnett covers for Penguin’s Evelyn Waugh edition in the 1970s are as right today as they were forty years ago.  (Pan’s James Bond covers in the 1960s are another never-bettered example.)

Vile Bodies is a brilliant social and political satire.  Forget the witless movie adaptation, and devote an afternoon to the too divine original.