A Handful of Dust

  • by Evelyn Waugh
  • Narrated by Andrew Sachs
  • 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

After seven years of marriage, the beautiful Lady Brenda Last has grown bored with life at Hetton Abbey, the Gothic mansion that is the pride and joy of her husband, Tony. She drifts into an affair with the shallow socialite John Beaver and forsakes Tony for the Belgravia set.
In a novel that combines tragedy, comedy, and savage irony, Evelyn Waugh indelibly captures the irresponsible mood of the "crazy and sterile generation" between the wars.


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Customer Reviews

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Shatteringly brilliant.

What did you like most about A Handful of Dust?

The way the story takes you by surprise. What seems like another lively and witty portrait of the Bright Young Things turns into something bleak and grave.

What did you like best about this story?

The writing is quite beautiful. Waugh at his best, in my opinion.

What about Andrew Sachs’s performance did you like?

Andrew Sachs' performance is absolutely outstanding. The depth (and where needed - airiness) and nuance he gives each character, his timing and his reading of the text is both enlightening and moving.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Be careful what you wish for!

Any additional comments?

My favourite audibook so far!

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- S. Barnes


Waugh's lacerating tragi-comedy of 30's society and a genteel marriage falling apart is brilliantly read by Andrew Sachs.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-11-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK