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Scoop Paperback – 26 Mar 1987


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (26 Mar 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140100423
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140100426
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 10.9 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 May 2003
Format: Paperback
Scoop is a novel about the crazy world of journalism. The basic of the story is that of mistaken identity; a newspaper magnate orders for the promising John Boot to be sent to report the civil war from Africa. Unfortunately a young farmer is picked up (with the same name) who has no experience of writing or travel. He agrees anyway and so has to learn the ways of journalism.
Although dated, I enjoyed this humorous and intriguing story, but that’s as far as it went: not particularly memorable and without a theme. I recommend this black comedy to anyone over fifteen.
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By Mrs. M. Safranek on 4 Feb 2014
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I first read this book forty years ago and it is still as fresh and funny as ever. Even though foreign correspondents no longer have to send telegrams back to London in incomprehensible code we can still appreciate the attempts of the naïve Boot to get his reports in to the newsdesk. And some of the phrases (like 'up to a point, Lord Copper') have passed into the English language. Waugh is brilliant at bringing his characters alive in a few phrases.
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By 1llama on 24 May 2013
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When I first ready this many years ago I thought it was so witty but now having re-read it recently I found it very dated and was quite uncomfortable with some of the attitudes it portrayed.
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By Pollyanna on 26 April 2013
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Excellent condition and arrived on time. I couldn't have found a cheaper copy of this book anywhere else. If you belong to a book group and need a copy of the suggested title, this is a good place to look first.
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