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  • Published: 13 May 2011
  • ISBN: 9780241951613
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $19.99

Brideshead Revisited

The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder




Evelyn Waugh's classic novel of a glittering, but rapidly vanishing, privileged world

'I knew Sebastian by sight long before I met him. That was unavoidable for, from his first week, he was the most conspicuous man of his year by reason of his beauty, which was arresting, and his eccentricities of behaviour, which seemed to know no bounds.'

Charles Ryder, a lonely student at Oxford, is captivated by the outrageous and exquisitely beautiful Sebastian Flyte. Invited to Brideshead, Sebastian's magnificent family home, Charles welcomes the attentions of its eccentric, aristocratic inhabitants. But he also discovers a world where duty and desire, faith and earthly happiness are in conflict; a world which threatens to destroy his beloved Sebastian.

A scintillating depiction of the decadent, privileged aristocracy prior to the Second World War, Brideshead Revisited is widely regarded as Evelyn Waugh's finest work.

  • Published: 13 May 2011
  • ISBN: 9780241951613
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waugh was born in Hampstead, London, in 1903. He studied History at Hertford College, Oxford, but left without a degree. After a brief period as a teacher, he published his first book, a biography of the artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti, in 1928. The same year also saw the publication of his first novel, Decline and Fall, which established his reputation. Further novels, including Vile Bodies (1930), A Handful of Dust (1934) and Brideshead Revisited (1945) were highly acclaimed. Waugh also wrote several travel books and short stories, and was a prolific journalist and book reviewer. Waugh died on Easter Sunday, 1966, at his home in Combe Florey, Somerset.

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Praise for Brideshead Revisited

A wildly entertaining, swooningly funny-sad story

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