Novelist Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited is brought back to life as his granddaughter Daisy releases a modern spin-off to his iconic aristocratic tale
- Daisy Waugh is releasing a spin off of grandfather’s novel Brideshead Revisited
- Daisy’s famous novelist grandfather Evelyn Waugh’s book won critical acclaim
- In the Crypt with a Candlestick, by Daisy Waugh, is published on 20 February
Growing up in the foot steps of a literary genius could be intimidating for some, but not for Daisy Waugh, who is releasing a spin-off of her grandfather Evelyn’s most beloved novel.
Daisy, 52, who lives in suburban London with her family, spent her career writing as a journalist and publishing novels under pseudonyms, but claims back her grandfather’s heritage with her new book ‘In the Crypt with a Candlestick’, published on February 20 by Piaktus.
The crime comedy novel is presented as a spin-off of Evelyn Waugh’s beloved ‘Brideshead Revisited’, published in 1945, which tells the story of how Charles Ryder befriended the Flytes, an upper class family who lives in the grand estate of Brideshead Castle – before falling in love with both their daughter Julia and their son Sebastian.
The novel was later adapted to a TV series starring Jeremy Irons and Anthony Andrews in 1981, 15 years after Evelyn Waugh’s death in April 1966.
Waugh’s granddaughter’s new effort, she told Tatler, is a ‘comic novel with some murder thrown in,’ and aims to poke fun at the British upper class, which she called the ‘only people writers are allowed to make jokes about any more.’
Daisy Waugh, pictured at the Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival in London in September 2013, will release on 20 February a modern-day spin-off of her grandfather Evelyn Waugh’s beloved novel Brideshead Revisited
Evelyn Waugh (pictured), who died in 1966, wrote the beloved novel Brideshead Revisited, which was published in 1945 and later adapted into a TV series
The Waugh novel was adapted into a TV series starring Jeremy Irons and Anthony Andrews in 1981 (pictured)
The heroes of her upcoming novel are the Tode family, from Tode Hall, who she says live in a fabulous stately home.
The Brideshead connection is that Tode Hall is famous for being the filming location for a famous TV series about a family of aristocrats, presumably the Flytes.
The author jokes that her grandfather’s legacy kept his family ‘in expensive shoes and Botox for decades’, and revealed how she finally decided to write a funny modern-day-spin-off of his most acclaimed novel after years of refusing to do so.
In Brideshead Revisited, which takes place in the 1920s, the Flytes charmed Ryders and readers alike with their privileged way of life, while Daisy’s spin-off pokes lighthearted fun at the elite.
Daisy Waugh, seen in 2008, joked that the British upper class was one of the last minorities that could be made fun of
Jeremy Irons as Charles Ryder and Anthony Andrews as Sebastian Flyte in the TV adaptation of Brideshead Revisited
Daisy jokes that this is because the upper class had become the victim of the ‘woke folk’s’ spite, ‘suffering the abuse in silence and isolated in their stately homes’.
In order to write the novel, which is set to come out in February, Waugh did some research by staying at Castle Howards , where she conversed with Nick Howard and his wife Vicky Barnsley.
But she said she mostly drew inspiration from her own family on her mother’s side, who were the owners of Clandon Park, built in 1730, which was donated to the National Trust by Daisy’s grandfather, Arthur Onslow. Clandon park, unfortunately, burned down in 2015.
Waugh explained she wrote the ‘merry’ and ‘frivolous’ book and because she felt the world was in need of cheering up.
Brideshead Revisited novel
The 1945 novel by Evelyn Waugh, titled Brideshead Revisited, The Sacred & Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder, tells the story of how Charles Ryder become acustomed the the way of life of the Flyte family, who live in the beautiful Brideshead Castle.
Brideshead Revisited was published in 1945 and written by Evelyn Waugh (pictured)
The book follows the life and romances of Charles between the 1920s and 1940s.
Charles is first introduced to the family by Sebastian Flyte, whom he befriends at university.
The two men trike a romance, before Charles eventually moves on to Sebastian’s sister Julia.
The novel explores themes of nostalgia for the English aristocracy, sexuality, and religion as well as family.
It was met with critical acclaim and turned into a beloved TV series for ITV in 1981, starring Jeremy Irons as Charles Ryder and Anthony Andrews as Sebastian Flyte.