Readers who would like to get some flavor of Waugh the man should listen to
these clips from the 1960 BBC-TV interview with John Freeman (who, incredible as
it may seem listening to him now, was considered in his time to be a
ferociously cruel and ruthlessly intrusive interviewer).
JF: Have you ever brooded on what appears to you to be unjust or adverse
EW: I’m afraid if someone praises me, I think: “What an arse.” And if they
abuse me, I think: “What an arse.”
JF: And if they say nothing about you at all and take no notice of you?
EW: That’s the best I can hope for.
JF: You like that when it happens, do you?
JF: Why are you appearing on this program?
EW: Poverty. … No honest man has been able to save money in the last 20