Fathers and Sons: The Autobiography of a Family

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When Arthur Waugh won the Newdigate Prize for poetry in 1888, he broke with the family tradition of working in medicine, but created a new trade for the Waughs that continues to today: writing. His two sons, Alec and Evelyn, both followed in his profession and, like so many other sons, faced accusations of preference because of who their father was. Their sibling rivalry was formed by Arthur's clear favouritism towards Alec, but Evelyn emerged to become one of the greatest novelists of the twentieth century. Evelyn's son Auberon also struggled to emerge from his father's shadow, and developed a career as one of Britain's best-loved and most original columnists. Now his son, Alexander, has taken up the baton. This is the story of four generations of a brilliant family, all of whom have written about their relationships with their fathers and sons. It is also a book that reveals much about the nature of how any family copes with its own rivalry.

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Written with wit, great shrewdness and without a trace of sentimentality.' ( William Boyd, Guardian)

Fathers and Sons is often very funny, as well as deeply affecting. It is sometimes shocking, too ( Glasgow Herald)

Hugely entertaining ( Spectator)

This remarkable account of a remarkable family makes engrossing reading. ( William Trevor, Guardian)

This is a very sweet and fearful book - sweet because it is full of affection, and fearful because of the danger perceived in expressing it ( Spectator)

Fascinating study of four generations of his family's paternal-filial relationships... All fathers and sons should read it ( Humphrey Carpenter, Sunday Times)

A vivid and study of paternal-filial relationships in four generations of the Waugh family ( Humphrey Carpenter, Sunday Times)

Five generations illuminate the repeated relationship of FATHERS AND SONS... Their continuing story is told with humour and panache, with considerable inside knowledge and a perception that make this remarkable chronicle a delight to read ( Spectator)

Fathers and Sons fulfils the first requirement of Waugh family values: it is funny ( Telegraph)

In an intimate family memoir, Alexander Waugh has revealed the secrets of one of Britain's greatest - and most eccentric - literary dynasties ( Mail on Sunday)

His book is full of excellent stories and devoid of waffle. It's also... elegantly written and adroitly constructed ( Sunday Telegraph)

Literary skill really does seem to be hereditary. Apart from dry wit, Alexander writes very well and readably... Altogether it's an extraordinary story, admirably told ( Daily Mail)

Altogether it's a extraordinary story, admirably told, which leaves you thinking at the end what a remarkable family the Waughs are ( Daily Mail)

Book of the year: Written with wit, great shrewdness and without a trace of sentimentality ( William Boyd, Guardian)

Book of the year: This remarkable account of a remarkable family makes engrossing reading ( William Trevor, Guardian)

Unfailingly funny and tender ... always amusing and interesting ... not just a book, it is a continuing part of its own subject matter: the battle of the wild Waugh family to find a way of living with their fathers and sons ( Derwent May, The Times)

A remarkable work of family history, exceptional for its honesty, inventiveness, humour and for the beguiling individuality of its author's voice ... an extraordinarily fascinating study ... bringing to his reading a powerful intelligence and an almost extrasensory perceptiveness ... he proves himself outstandingly graceful and accomplished with a talent that needs no help at all from his illustrious forebears ( Selina Hastings, Literary Review)

It is a classic belonging... to a tradition of books about fathers and sons... A tale this is by turns hilarious, moving and enlightening ... It is not only crammed with excellent jokes... but it is also a very serious, exhaustive, and candid investigation of the nature of the father-son relationship ( Septimus Waugh, Catholic Herald)

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Alexander Waugh's remarkable account of his family's turbulent history will fascinate anyone interested in the Waughs or in understanding the most important male relationship

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