“Beguiling and very funny… a real joy to read.’
‘A sharp eye for detail and a refreshingly black comic streak’
‘A hilarious, timely book’
The Sunday Times
‘A heady mix of sex and satire, Daisy Waugh’s brilliant book is an utterly compulsive read.’
‘It’s intelligent, inventive and deliciously entertaining’
‘Refreshingly sharp and witty social satire… the author’s astute observations are fleshed by plenty of insider know-how’
‘Funny, cynical, and genuinely knowing about media London… the most superbly reactionary fable’
‘Wicked modern satire’
'Fun and fruity’
‘A witty romp full of joie-de-vivre’
‘Full of laugh-out-loud funny bits.’
You can find out more about the books and journalism below, but in a nutshell... I’ve written six satirical novels, three quite serious historical novels, a travelogue about living and teaching in Kenya, a non-fiction rant about the idiocies of modern motherhood, and a lot of newspaper columns. As E.V. Harte, I am writing a new series of light-hearted mysteries about a Tarot-reading sleuth named Dolly. The Prime of Ms Dolly Greene is published September 2017. It is the first in the Tarot Detective series. Number two will be out in May 2018.
I am also a Tarot reader, and though E.V. Harte’s mystery novels are comic and merry, the Tarot, for me, is a serious matter.
Author & Journalist
They were still using typewriters when I first started working on newspapers. Journalism of one sort or another has funded me through most of my travels and adventures ever since.
Along the way I’ve written columns in The Independent on Sunday, the Sunday Times, the Sunday Express, The Indy, Standpoint Magazine and the Times; I’ve been an agony aunt, a travel writer, a reviewer of restaurants and a reviewer of ludicrously expensive houses. I’ve interviewed a lot of celebrities, including Donald Trump, who told me in 1987 that he couldn’t be bothered to open his own Christmas presents; and a lot of other people too, not famous or powerful, and yet also quite interesting. And for every word published I’ve probably crossed out a hundred. So.
Mostly I prefer to work on the move, taking paper and quill to different cafes and libraries around London/the world whenever I can. While teaching in Northern Kenya, I wrote A Small Town in Africa; while living in Los Angeles I wrote a column in the Sunday Express, and co-wrote a screenplay about a couple of celebrities who turned their married life into a reality TV show. That was twenty-odd years ago. Truth has overtaken our parody long since. And now, temporarily living in Rome, I have just completed the second mystery in the Tarot Detective series, The Case of the Fool (out in May 2018)
During an unsuccessful year living with our three children in the West Country, I wrote an anonymous column for the Sunday Times, Diary of A Country Mole, which eventually turned into my sixth novel, The Desperate Diary of a Country Housewife. Back in London, I wrote three more novels, all of them set in early 20th Century USA; two columns per week for the Sunday Times, a monthly column for Standpoint magazine, and the book about motherhood: I Don’t Know Why She Bothers. I had been expecting letter bombs and dog turds through the post because it was quite provocative, but women were surprisingly enthusiastic about it.
And then, for a while, I ran out of puff. And I discovered the Tarot.