ON THE MOVE: 1930-1937

When Evelyn went off to Africa in October 1930, it was the beginning of a two-year cycle that would repeat itself three times before he settled down again at Piers Court with his second wife, Laura. By and large, Waugh kept a diary when he was on the move but didn't when he was back in England.

Cycle One
EW was in Africa for a few months. 'A short man in Africa', this picture suggests.

EW in Kenya, 1930, before going on to Abyssinia.

He came back to England, wrote up the travel book
Remote People and then the novel Black Mischief, both of which drew heavily on his African ADVENTURE.

What had changed? Important things had not changed. He was still in unrequited love with Teresa Jungman. The ditching of Diana Guinness
et al was consolidated, ditto Alastair Graham. But his new buddies were the Lygon girls of Madresfield Court in Worcestershire, Ladies Mary, Dorothy and Sibell.

Cycle Two
Off again in December 1932, this time to South America. Short, tall - who can tell?

EW in British Guiana, 1933, before going on to Abyssinia.

Back in England he wrote up the travel book
NInety-Two Days and then the novel A Handful of Dust, both of which drew heavily on his Amazonian ADVENTURE.

What had changed? He was soon to give up on Teresa Jungman and to begin his wooing of Laura Herbert. In the summer of 1934, Evelyn joined Hugh Lygon (brother of the three Madresfield sisters) on a trip to Norway. This only lasted a month, resulting in a short memoir ('Fiasco in the Arctic') rather than two books, so Waugh took on the biography of
Edmund Campion, a sixteenth Century Jesuit, in part to underline his Catholic credentials to Laura's family.

Cycle Three
Spitzbergen and
Campion took a year out of his 'two-year two-book' cycles, but he got back on track by travelling to Abyssinia again in August 1935.

EW in Palestine, Christmas 1935, on the way back from Abyssinia.

He came back to England, wrote up the travel book
Waugh in Abyssinia (this necessitated a third, shorter trip to Africa to tie up loose ends) and then the novel Scoop, both of which drew heavily on his African ADVENTURE.

While writing
Scoop, Evelyn and Laura got married and moved to Piers Court and a complete change of lifestyle. Evelyn's itinerant and romantic days were over. I've already told the story of his life at Piers Court in some detail. I'm now going to fill in what happened in the seven years outlined above.

As with the sections on 'THE EVELYNS' and 'PIERS COURT PAPERS', I'm going to dive in to certain places and events and attempt to do them justice. Maybe, in due course, the whole period will be covered equally, but that would require a sustained effort on top of specific intensive efforts and it remains to be seen whether I do that.

I want to. There are so many new angles on Evelyn's ADVENTURES just waiting to be explored-cum-exploited. But you can't always get what you want.

Below is a table I produced in order to write the above:

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Dear reader, you are welcome to my workings, but they are as nothing to the episodes which follow. Starting here.