"I congratulated him on Vile Bodies"

‘Vile Bodies’ was Evelyn Waugh’s second novel and told the story of the ‘unheroic hero’ Adam Fenwick-Symes and his attempts to woo and marry his chosen love, Nina…set against the backdrop of London society as it was between WW1 and WW2.

It subsequently takes the form of a romantic comedy, although it ends poignantly with Adam alone on the battlefield – without the love he sought. The ending received some criticism but as always, many more enjoyed it and hailed it as Waugh’s ‘most modern novel’ at the time.